Can coronavirus spread to pets? Are you immune after you’ve been infected?

Dr. Frank McGeorge answers viewer question about coronavirus


DETROIT – There’s a lot of information and misinformation out there about the coronavirus, so Local 4 is letting viewers submit questions so we can find verified answers.

Click here if you want to submit a question about the coronavirus.

Dr. Frank McGeorge wants to verify or refute any information about the coronavirus, but there are also some questions experts still don’t know the answer to. McGeorge is discussing them because acknowldging what we don’t know is just as important as verifying information so people don’t rely on incorrect answers.

Can virus spread to pets?

Based on a study of genetics, the current epidemic of COVID-19, caused by the SARS-COV-2 virus, came from bats. Many people are naturally concerned about their pets.

Viewers from Dearborn, Troy and many other cities asked of the virus can spread to cats or dogs.

While we don’t have complete studies on this, the short answer is no, because it’s a different type of coronavirus than is usually found in cats and dogs.

Coronavirus comes in alpha and beta forms. The alpha form is what usually infects pets, and the COVID-19 virus is a beta coronavirus from bats that our pets can’t catch.

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