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Critically Speaking

Nov 25, 2020

Humans are in contact with many animals, our pets, zoo animals, and animals being farmed for fur.  I’ve received several questions about the transfer of COVID between our animals and humans. So in this episode, I’ll briefly address some of these questions.


 Key Takeaways:

  • In the few cases where pets have tested positive for COVID-19, it was confirmed the cats and dogs got the virus from their owners first. 
  • Tigers at the Bronx Zoo and at the Knoxville Zoo tested positive for COVID after showing signs of respiratory disease. 
  • On mink farms, the virus was seen to mutate and transfer within the minks themselves and to others in the community. 


"While it's very exciting that several highly effective vaccines will soon be available, we can't let our guard down quite yet, and we should let science provide the guidance to best protect ourselves." —  Therese Markow, Ph.D.


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