The World Health Organization (WHO) has already raised a global emergency with the onslaught of the COVID-19 or the Coronavirus Disease of 2019. This type of respiratory illness, which is caused by a rare new strain (or rather called as novel) of coronavirus has affected thousands of people all over the world, with the Africa being the latest continent reporting cases of COVID-19 within its territory. WHO also said that it is likely that a pandemic will be declared with the rate of spreading of the disease.
As of now, only human-to-human transmission of the 2019 novel coronavirus was recorded, meaning that the disease is not expected to be contacted by animals and turn them into carriers of the highly contagious disease. If this ever becomes the case, then there is higher risk that the COVID-19 can spread at a much faster rate than expected, since both humans and animals can transmit the virus from one body to another. If you have a pet dog who wandered outside and came back, there is a chance that your pet might transmit the virus to the human inhabitants of your house.
Hong Kong Dog ‘Weak Positive’ For Coronavirus, But No Legitimate Concerns Yet For Pet Owners
Hong Kong has reported numerous cases of COVID-19 since December last year, and medical practitioners are working non-stop to contain the disease and perhaps develop a cure to finally end the reign of this rare virus. Recently, there was an interesting development as a dog in Hong Kong tested positive for the coronavirus. Although the animal is said to be “weak positive” since it doesn’t show any relevant symptoms of the disease, this case is highly suspect as the dog was previously owned by a Hong Kong national that suffered from the COVID-19.
In spite of these, doctors in Hong Kong said that this is not enough proof to say that animals like domesticated dogs can help spread the disease. While the family of coronavirus in general is known to infect both animals and humans, thus making animal-to-human transmission and vice-versa possible, more tests shall be performed to really say that the 2019 novel coronavirus strain is also of that kind.
What the public must be worried about is how to protect themselves from possible COVID-19 infection. There are many factors that can affect the rate of spread of the virus, including the local relative humidity and weather.
It will also be better if we start making ourselves fitter and healthier by practicing proper hygiene at all times and taking nutritious food. Having proper exercise, perhaps with the aid of a crossfit power rack, will make our bodies stronger and more capable of overcoming diseases.