We wanted to be sure to keep you up to date on the latest information provided to us on Cornoavirus in our pets. The American Veterinary Medical Association has published an update. This information is current as of March 4th, 2020, and we will work to keep you updated as new information becomes available. At this point, we have minimal concerns for our patients and for any risk they may pose to your family in this worldwide outbreak.
COVID-19 has health officials all over the world on high alert after its identification in China. The disease causes flu-like symptoms in people, including mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Health officials across the U.S. are on high alert due to COVID-19, and veterinary professionals might get questions about the virus.
Here’s some key information about COVID-19:
- The coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 is designated SARS-CoV-2 (formerly 2019-nCoV).
- Person-to-person spread has been indicated in numerous countries, including the United States.
- There is no antiviral agent proven to be effective against this disease, and there is no immunization available.
- The immediate health risk to the general public in the U.S. is considered low, but the CDC considers the virus a very serious public health threat.
- Experts have not expressed concern about transmission to or from animals. Multiple international and domestic health organizations have indicated that pets and other domestic animals are not considered at risk for contracting or spreading COVID-19.
- As always, careful handwashing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease. The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians’ (NASPHV) compendium of standard precautions also can help prevent spread of any type of disease.