It was determined early that dogs could not catch or spread Covid-19.  Now, we are finding that may not be true.  A dog has just tested positive for the virus that causes it.

According to WIVB, the dog is a pug named Winston and he's a pet of a family that is taking part in a coronavirus study at Duke University.

“To our knowledge, this is the first instance in which the virus has been detected in a dog. Little additional information is known at this time as we work to learn more about the exposure.” - Dr. Chris Woods, the lead investigator of the Molecular and Epidemiological Study of Suspected Infection (MESSI)

This is not the first instance of an animal contracting the virus.  There have been instances where cats have been shown to have it (even tigers), and there was a case where a dog tested positive in Hong Kong.  But this is the first instance in the United States.

It seems like the virus doesn't really affect the animals that much though.



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