The dog of a corona patient in Hong Kong was tested for the virus disease: According to the local health authority, the result was “weakly positive” on Sars-Cov-2. The Office was unable to make any clear statements about the effects of this infection. Nevertheless, it recommended that the animals of corona-infected animal owners be temporarily left to the authorities – they should be tested and quarantined. But how dangerous is Corona really for dogs and can your own four-legged friend infect someone?
The pathogen of the corona virus was only found on the dog’s snout. That is why Jonathan Ball, virologist at the University of Nottingham, criticizes the office’s approach. In his opinion, there is no reason for mass hysteria, as he emphasized to the Berchtesgadener Anzeiger. Ball assumes that the pathogen accidentally landed on the four-legged friend’s nose. For the time being, no dog owner has to worry that his dog could get Corona – in addition, no specific precautions are necessary for dog owners.
Virologist Jonathan Ball emphasizes that there has so far been no evidence that dogs could contract Corona or transmit the novel virus. The pathogen would have to implant itself in the cells of the four-legged friend, then multiply there and then pass back to humans, according to Ball. According to the virologist, it is highly unlikely that the virus would cross the species boundary so often in such a short time. It is believed that the corona virus was only recently transmitted from animals – presumably bats – to humans.