Although COVID-19 remains primarily a human-to-human disease, various other species including felines and canines have tested positive for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- The virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals during close contact.
- The risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is low.
- Pets can get serious illness from infection with the virus that causes COVID-19, but this is extremely rare.