"...cats may be a silent intermediate host of SARS-CoV-2, because infected cats may not show any appreciable symptoms that might be recognized by their owners."
“Letter To The Editor” at the New England Journal of Medicine on early research about cats & Covid-19.
- Researchers inoculated cats with SARS-CoV-2 and then housed the cats with 3 others without exposure.
- Eventually all 6 cats showed presence of the virus but no symptoms.
- Researchers found evidence of the virus in nose swabs on the cats for several days.
- They say more research is needed.
- Why It Matters: Researchers say families need to know about the possible transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in pet cats. This is especially important if family members are self-isolating within a home to prevent other family members from becoming ill. “With reports of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from humans to domestic cats1 and to tigers and lions at the Bronx Zoo,4 coupled with our data showing the ease of transmission between domestic cats, there is a public health need to recognize and further investigate the potential chain of human–cat–human transmission.”
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