Emotional Support Animals & COVID-19

Publish Date: May 8th, 2020; Author: Darren M. Jorgenson.

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World health organization has declared CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) as a global pandemic. More than 1, 52,000 people have been infected, and approximately 5800 people have died from the coronavirus. The doctors confirmed 1629 cases of corona in the US itself on March 13th, 2020. People are scared, and unaware of this virus expanding like fire in forests. In such cases, people are also scared for their Emotional Support Animals, whether their pets are safe from COVID-19 or not.

Hong Kong Dog Confirmed to be a Corona Positive

A few days ago, the doctors discovered that a Hong Kong dog is a weak positive of COVID-19, and they confirmed the dog as corona positive on February 28, 2020. The dog was determined to be a weak corona positive as the dog’s owner was also found to be corona positive. The dog was taken to a veterinary examination but did not show any clinical signs.
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Protect Yourself from COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus does not spread through the air. It is a droplet infection that is transferred from one person to another with the contact of the droplet. For example, through physical contact such as a handshake. By receiving the droplet of the infected person like if a person suffering from the corona virus has sneezed or coughed on his hand or If he opens a door by that hand, then the person touching the handle could get infected by a corona virus.

If a person standing in front of you sneezes on you and is corona positive, and you will receive the droplet on your body, or clothes then there is a chance that you could also receive the virus.

But, it is not a situation to panic. Proper measures and hygiene could help to dodge this virus. Here are a Few steps You can follow to protect yourself from getting infected.

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  • Always wash your hands with soap thoroughly. After touching exposed things, or after visiting public places.
  • Avoid shaking hands and do ‘Namaste’ instead. Also, Use sanitizers to keep your hands clean after every Touch.
  • While sneezing, don’t use your hands, sneeze on a tissue, and then dispose of it.

In Conclusion

By taking such simple measures, we could protect ourselves from COVID-19. The World Health Organization has said that there is no evidence that a dog could transmit COVID-19. Still, we need to take care of our animals. As WHO has said, people share a bond with their ESA, and hence sometimes form close contacts. In such cases, it could share viruses, also known as ‘zoonosis’ in which animals can spread the virus to humans and vice versa.

It would be better to keep a distance from your pets, only if you are found corona positive, else it is ok to take care of your pooch.
Avoid going out and try to stay at home, play with your pooch, and spend some time with your family. Avoid unnecessary gatherings and public meetings. Always follow the guidelines regarding protection from COVID-19. Wash your hands thoroughly.
As the research is still under progress, we don’t have a complete outcome of the effects of COVID-19 on our ESA family. Hence, it is better to stay at home and relax.

Always remember “Protection is Better Than Cure”.

About Post Author

Darren M. Jorgensen has a fondness for all animals, though dogs especially, have a huge home in his heart. He enjoys quilting, making handcrafted soap and bodyworks and anything that produces practical products. Jorgensen lives with his own service dog who doubles as an Emotional Support Animal. He gets it.

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