Coronavirus disease can spread from people to animals. Some coronaviruses infect only animals.
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a few pets including cats and dogs have been infected with the coronavirus. This happened mostly after the animals were in close contact with people infected with the COVID-19 virus.
Based on information available so far, the risk of animals spreading the COVID-19 virus to people is considered low, says several international health organisations.
Here is what you have to do to keep your pet safe
* Don't let your pet interact with people or animals outside your household.
* Avoid dog parks or public places where many people and dogs gather.
* When walking your pet, make sure your pet wears a leash and keep your dog at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and animals.
* Keep pets indoors when possible.
If you become sick with COVID-19 and have a pet-
* Isolate yourself from everyone else, including your pet.
* If possible, have another person in your household care for your pet.
* Avoid petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding with your pet.
* If you care for your pet or are around animals while you're sick, wear a cloth face covering.
* Wash your hands before and after handling animals and their food, waste and supplies.
* Make sure you clean up after your pet.