(This is an excerpt from the Q&A section on the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency website)
Q. Can my pet (dogs, cats, etc.) contract COVID-19 from other pets or animals?
- There is no evidence proving pets can contract COVID-19 or transmit/spread COVID-19 to humans yet.
- There have been reports of pets contracting COVID-19. However, in most cases, the animals were infected after coming into contact with a person already infected with COVID-19.
- In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or other diseases, you must follow the precautionary protocols of washing your hands thoroughly with water and soap before and after touching your pet or your pet’s belongings. ※ (Source) WHO, Q&A on coronaviruses
Q. Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I contract COVID-19?
- Several cases have been reported around the world where pets were believed to have been infected by humans.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19, avoid contact with pets, wash your hands thoroughly when you are with pets, and wear a face mask.
- If you suspect that you may have COVID-19 or if you have contracted COVID-19, it is safer to have someone else take care of your pet if possible until you are fully cured.
※ (Source) CDC, FAQ COVID-19 and Animal
Q. Can I walk my dog?
- Walking your dog is important for the health and overall happiness of your dog and yourself. Make sure to keep a distance of at least 2m from other people or other animals and walk with a leash on your dog.
- Do not go to parks or public areas where there may be a large number of people and dogs. To keep up with social distancing guidelines, you need to prevent other people from touching your dog while walking. ※ (Source) CDC, FAQ COVID-19 and Animal