With the rapid spread of the coronavirus hitting regions of the US, individuals around the country are taking precautionary steps to stay healthy.
Agriculture is on the essential industry list during this time of uncertainty. Farmers and ranchers are unable to work from home or intercommunicate. Farmers will still be entering the fields this spring and ranchers will still be tending to their livestock.
Some fear they could contract the coronavirus from their animals, whether from their house hold pets or livestock.
Hector Castro with the Washington state Department of Agriculture says there is no evidence that animals can pass long the virus.
CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19.
Proper hygiene is recommend when handling pets, livestock and their food. At this time there is no evidence of the virus being transmitted by animals, however, according to the CDC, all animals can carry germs that can make people sick, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals.
- Wash your hands after handling animals, their food, waste, or supplies.
- Practice good pet hygiene and clean up after pets properly.
- Take pets to the veterinarian regularly and talk to your veterinarian if you have questions about your pet’s health.
For more information, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.’