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 High Fives Kid on Passing Bike



This is not as extraordinary as it seems. Cats often respond to a hand being outstretched by touching it with their paw. My cat does it so I should know.

 

I called it a sign of affection which I still think it is. It is probably domestic cats learning human mannerisms or adapting to the human environment.  Humans like to hold hands and touch. Depending on the cat they can have similar likes. Actually you also see it between cats and cats touching dogs.

Photo by DW. The cat is Marvin and the dog is Daisy.

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