Coronavirus in 2 NYC pet cats tested positive, health consultants stresses no evidence to suggest animals can pass virus to humans

Two cats in the U.S. state of New York have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a report published Wednesday. The diagnoses mark the first confirmed infections in companion animals, according to Anadolu news agency, story based on comments from federal officials. The cats had mild respiratory ailments and are expected to fully …

Coronavirus in 2 NYC pet cats tested positive, health consultants stresses no evidence to suggest animals can pass virus to humans

Two cats in the U.S. state of New York have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a report published Wednesday.

The diagnoses mark the first confirmed infections in companion animals, according to Anadolu news agency, story based on comments from federal officials.

The cats had mild respiratory ailments and are expected to fully recover after contracting the virus from people in their household or neighborhood, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Health officials stressed there is no current evidence to suggest the animals could spread the virus to humans.

“We don’t want people to panic. We don’t want people to be afraid of pets” or to rush to test them en masse, Dr. Casey Barton Behravesh, a CDC official who works on human-animal health connections Anadolu News reported. “There’s no evidence that pets are playing a role in spreading this disease to people.”

But the CDC did caution owners to keep pets from interacting with those outside their immediate household.

Neither the CDC nor the Agriculture Department identified where the cats reside in New York state, but they do not live in the same area.

One of the cats fell ill after a person in their household came down with a respiratory illness, which has not been confirmed to be COVID-19. The cat wanders outdoors so it is possible it became infected during interaction with another person, said Barton Behravesh.

The second cat fell ill after its owner tested positive for the virus. Another cat that lives in the household has not shown symptoms.

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City is the first known animal to be infected by the virus. Seven cats at the zoo have since tested positive.

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COVID-19 will be around a long time WHO chief

People with stay-at-home orders are understandably frustrated by weeks of confinement, but COVID-19 will be around for a long time and one of the greatest dangers is complacency, World Health Organization (WHO) chief warned Wednesday. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ comments came during a video press conference from WHO headquarters where he noted the coronavirus in Western …

COVID-19 will be around a long time WHO chief

People with stay-at-home orders are understandably frustrated by weeks of confinement, but COVID-19 will be around for a long time and one of the greatest dangers is complacency, World Health Organization (WHO) chief warned Wednesday.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ comments came during a video press conference from WHO headquarters where he noted the coronavirus in Western Europe appears to be stable or declining.

In Africa, Central and South America and Eastern Europe where numbers are low, there are worrying upward trends, said Tedros.

He said most countries are in the early stages of COVID-19 but some that were affected early are now seeing resurgence in cases.

“Make no mistake: we have a long way to go. This virus will be with us for a long time,” said Tedros. “There’s no question that stay-at-home orders and other physical distancing measures have successfully suppressed transmission in many countries. But this virus remains extremely dangerous.”

He said early evidence suggests most of the world’s population remains susceptible.

“That means epidemics can easily re-ignite,” said Tedros.

Executive Director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Program Mike Ryan said there has to be “two-way communication and there is no confusion in the communication” from authorities in getting their message across.

Tedros responded to calls by some American politicians for his resignation after U.S. President Donald Trump accused him of being China-centric and ordered Washington stop funding the WHO.

He indicated he would not resign without directly answering.

“I hope that the freezing of the funding will be reconsidered and that the U.S. will once again support WHO,” said Tedros. “Our responsibility is saving lives, and I will focus on changing this organization for good, but not only that, especially now focusing on the pandemic and saving lives. That’s my focus.”

More than 2.62 million cases have been reported worldwide as deaths have surpassed the 182,000 mark, according to data compiled by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 707,000 patients have recovered.

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