8 CDC recommendations for pets after some test positive for COVID-19

The CDC recommends social distancing and seven more tips for pets after some tested positive for COVID-19.

News 12 Staff

May 8, 2020, 1:40 PM

Updated 1,535 days ago


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that while public health officials are still learning about SARS-CoV-2, there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus in the United States. 
The CDC also says that at this time routine testing of animals is not recommended.
Until more is known about the virus in pets, the CDC has these eight recommendations:
1. Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household;
2. Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people;
3. Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals;
4. Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather;
If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test):
5. Restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would around other people;
6. When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick;
7. Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding;
8. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering, and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.

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