Cat With Coronavirus Masks (Photo Credit: Twitter)
New Delhi :
As China and the rest of the globe continue to battle the coronavirus outbreak, pet-parents are taking extreme measures to protect the furry babies from the deadly virus despite having no proof if pets can catch the virus or humans can catch the virus from pets. As per WHO,
‘’The animal source of the 2019-nCoV has not yet been identified. This does not mean you can catch 2019-nCoV from any animal or from your pet. It’s likely that an animal source from a live animal market in China was responsible for some of the first reported human infections.
To protect yourself, when visiting live animal markets, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals… at present there is no evidence that companion animals or pets such as cats and dogs have been infected or have spread 2019-nCoV’’.
Pictures that is circulating on social media however, shows a cat wearing a human face mask with holes in its eyes looking like bag heads from Quentin Tarantino’s famous bag-head scene from Django Unchained.
Other photos of animals being guarded against catching the novel coronavirus have been floating around social media too, with dogs and cats wearing face masks, cups and water bottles in aid of staying safe.
In China the novel coronavirus has killed more than 1,000 people and infected a further 43,000, while globally 395 cases have been confirmed, with one death in the Philippines.