Can pets or other animals get COVID-19 from people? If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test), you should avoid contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would with people. Contact includes petting, snuggling, kissing, licking, sharing food, and sleeping in the same bed.
Are pets vulnerable to COVID-19? A few pets have tested positive for the new coronavirus. Not all of these animals had signs of illness, but some have had mild symptoms. The animals may have caught the virus from close contact with humans who were infected.
Can animals spread the coronavirus disease?
There is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to people.
There have been a few reports of infected mammalian animals spreading the virus to people during close contact, but this is rare.
Should pets be kept away from people infected with COVID-19? • People with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals, including pets, livestock, and wildlife.