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

What does felis catus mean?

"Felis" is a Latin word derived from an older Latin word "felix" which in English means "happy". However it means cat in Latin while 'catus' means sly or cunning as I understand it.

Felis catus is the now outdated scientific classification for the domestic cat.  The domestic cat was a happy cat as life was easier with plenty of purrs. The modern classification is: Felis silvestris catus. The word "silvestris" is Latin for "wooded" or "wild". This is because the domestic cat is a subspecies of the wild cat and the classification of the wildcat is Felis silvestris. You can see it is a bit confusing. I don't think it matters. It is about using words to classify the species and the words don't have to be precisely relevant to the species in question. The process of classification is called taxonomy.

Sources: Various. Main source. and Wikipedia.

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meinlilapark said…
Great information! Thank you!

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