Infected people should avoid direct contact with pets

in News · 17-03-2020 10:17:00 · 0 Comments

The Order of Veterinarians on 16 March recommended that people infected with Covid-19 ask someone without symptoms to care for pets or wear a mask and gloves to do so if they are alone.

"To date, there is no scientific evidence that pet animals can transmit the virus to their owner," veterinarian president Jorge Cid told Lusa news agency, indicating that, as a precaution, when someone is infected, they should ask another person to care for the animals.

The new coronavirus, he stressed, is not transmitted by animals: "It is transmitted from man to man".

However, if a person is infected he should avoid direct contact with the animal, namely "pets and licks", meals and other care of greater proximity, advised the doctor.

The Order of Veterinarians also advised clinics and hospitals to reduce emergency care.

These units should avoid routine surgery and remain "prepared and open" only for situations considered urgent, he said.

"All the clinics in the country have reduced their human resources to protect staff," he revealed, adding that anyone who needs in-person care must remain outside the facility while waiting for the animal.

The professionals also ask that people enter "one by one" in the clinical facilities and ask another person to accompany the animal, if they are infected.

So far, there have been no problems, said Jorge Cid, referring that users are aware that they should not seek services, except in the most important cases.

"We are also available to answer any questions by phone or via e-mail", said the person in charge of the Order, according to which "a reinforcement" was made in this regard.


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