In a new study, the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIT) aims to understand more about coronavirus transmission between humans and animals.
People with dogs and cats are invited to participate in a study on coronavirus transmission by LIT. To be eligible, at least one person from that household must have tested positive for Sars-CoV-2. Once the quarantine or isolation period is over, the owner can participate in the study with his or her pet.
An appointment can be made at one of these vets. Alternatively, another person can come to the appointment with the pet.
The vet can detect a coronavirus case in an animal with a PCR test, or look for antibodies based on a blood test in case the infection has already passed. The owner is then asked to fill in a questionnaire, which will take a maximum of 10 minutes. The lab will then analyse the results, and hope to gain a better understanding of the virus' transmission.
In the United States there have been numerous reports of animals testing positive for coronavirus: 58 cats, 41 dogs, 16 lizards, 7 tigers, 3 snow leopards, 3 lions and 3 gorillas, specifically. The risk of infection depends on various factors, and the species play a big role in this, explains Chantal Snoeck from the LIT. For a cat to test positive will also depend on whether it spends most of its time indoors or outdoors, for example.