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The CDC Just Issued This Big Warning Against Going Here

Protect yourself and your animals by following these new guidelines. 
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When it comes to preventing the spread of coronavirus, you've been told to avoid crowds—none other than Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's foremost expert in infectious diseases, said exactly that yesterday: "Avoid crowds." Crowds speed along infections of COVID-19, which is transmitted through respiratory droplets. But now the CDC has updated its rules for what kind of crowds to avoid, adding that we all need to be cautious when it comes to….susceptible animals.

What You Need to Know

Straight from the CDC's new guidelines:

  • "Events that bring together people and animals, such as fairs and agricultural shows, can increase the spread of COVID-19 among people and animals."
  • "The risk of animal-to-person spread is considered to be low."
  • "However, fair and agricultural show organizers should consider the potential for spread from person-to-person, person-to-animal, and possibly animal-to-animal."
  • "If people will be interacting with animals at an event, take precautions to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19."

"During the COVID-19 pandemic, show organizers should follow CDC's Considerations for Events and Gatherings when deciding whether to hold, postpone, or cancel a fair, agricultural show, or other event where animals may be exhibited," continues the agency. "Planners should also act in accordance with state and local jurisdictional guidance with regards to continuing operations at fair grounds or agricultural shows."

Yes, Animals Can Get COVID, Too

"Events like fairs and agricultural shows can contribute to the spread of SARS-CoV-2 from person to person but may also pose a risk of infection to certain types of animals," continues the CDC. "Although there have been no reports of livestock being infected with SARS-CoV-2, other types of animals have been infected. We are still learning about this virus and how it might affect different animals."

Notably, tigers and lions in the Bronx Zoo caught coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization: "Several dogs and cats (domestic cats and tigers) in contact with infected humans have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, ferrets appear to be susceptible to the infection. In experimental conditions, both cats and ferrets were able to transmit infection to other animals of the same species. However," adds the organization, "there is no evidence that these animals can transmit the disease to humans and spread COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks."

Nonetheless, to be better safe than sorry, follow the CDC's advice and avoid any risk of animal-to-person transmission. Avoid those type of events, wear your face mask, social distance, wash your hands frequently, monitor your health, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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