Specifically, the World Health Organization (WHO) on April 5 confirmed the possibility of transmitting the SARS-CoV-2 virus from humans to some domestic animals and wildlife such as dogs, cats, weasels, dogs and bears. bamboo, lions and tigers, and said they are studying the effects of the virus on other animals.
WHO representative in Russia Melita Vujnovic stated: “The SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads mainly from person to person but there is evidence of human-to-animal transmission. Some animals, such as dogs, domestic cats, weasels, lions, tigers and pandas, that have been exposed to infected individuals have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. “We are currently working on how the virus affects other animals.”
People who are infected with Covid-19 should limit their contact with pets
However, according to Ms. Vujnovic, currently not identified “intermediate host”. In addition, this health expert thinks it’s important to know which animals are most susceptible to the virus in order to find potential animal outbreaks and avoid future outbreaks.
Furthermore, according to Vujnovic, WHO recommends that people who are positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus should limit contact with pets. As viruses move around in humans and animals, the virus’s genes can change and complicate prevention of this dangerous epidemic.
In a related development, a study conducted by the UK National Bureau of Statistics (ONS) involving 21,622 people with COVID-19 from April 2020 to March 2021 found, 13.7 % of participants had COVID-19 symptoms for at least 12 weeks.
The scientists found that the risk of persistent COVID-19 symptoms in women was higher than in men, at 14.7% and 12.7%, respectively. People aged 35-49 years had the highest risk of having symptoms at 5 weeks, with 25.6%.
The ONS reported that in a larger survey, 1.1 million people reported symptoms of COVID-19 for more than 4 weeks. According to Mr. Ben Humberstone, an ONS official, persistent COVID-19 symptoms are a new emerging phenomenon that has not been well studied.
Bao An (th)