Domestic cats and dogs may have to be vaccinated in the future against Covid-19 to protect people

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This is a quick note but one worth making nonetheless. I think I can predict that in the long term, perhaps in about 18 months to 2 years time, governments in various countries, perhaps predominantly in the West, will be thinking about vaccinating companion animals as a second phase protective measure against Covid-19.  This is because there is a concern amongst some scientists that animals may create a reservoir for mutant variants of the Covid-19 virus. As the virus is zoonotic it can theoretically and actually be transmitted from animals to people and this must apply also to companion animals. Danish mink farmer with white mink due to be euthanised. Photo per credit Perhaps because of the general panicked nature of governmental responses to the coronavirus pandemic, not enough work has been done on this aspect of the spread of the disease. In addition nobody wants to alarm anybody which may lead to companion animal abuse. In fact, in China, at the outset of the pandemic, there were

Cat cuts off power for thousands of Florida residents

I'll keep this short. The title is the same as that used by the Herald Sun. It implies that the cat is at fault. Apparently a cat crawled into an electrical substation and caused a short circuit by touching cables etc.

The cat was killed, of course. Apparently it is common for animals such as cats and squirrels to end up like this and cause disruption to people living in the area serviced by the substation.

This is the fault of the electricity supply company. If it happens regularly why on earth don't they build in some protective measures to stop cats entering the area. This would save the animals and stop the disruption.

My guess is that the animals are attracted by the warmth generated by substations.

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