3.20.2020

CoronaVirus can apparently infect your pets and animals.... rambling over coffee how I wondered if my dog's fur could be a carrier


Background to a little coffee talk coming up - this morning I saw this in the news

Second dog tests positive for coronavirus as owners warned not to abandon pets


The Hong Kong government has urged people not to abandon their pets and to stop kissing them after a second dog repeatedly tested positive for coronavirus. A German shepherd living in the Pok Fu Lam area on Hong Kong Island was sent for quarantine along with another mixed-breed dog from the same residence on Thursday after their owner was confirmed as being infected, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said in a statement. No positive result was obtained from the mixed-breed dog, and “neither dog has shown any signs of disease,” the department said, adding it will continue to monitor both dogs and conduct repeated tests on the animals.



Now I was wondering about this a few days ago.
I have family members that still have to work in the public right now during this pandemic and so I'm often meeting my husband in the garage, armed with Lysol and spraying down his work keys, his car door handles, etc. and yesterday... even the packages of toilet paper and paper towels he came home with!  LOL.

But the other day he came home from work and even though he's using hand sanitizer regularly and washing his hands constantly, I noted when he got home and the dogs met him at the door, he reaches down to pet them and then walks to find me and give me a 'hello' kiss.

And I briefly thought to myself;  What if he pets the dogs and has the virus on his hands and then later I pet the dogs?  The virus can live on surfaces up to 3 days and surely dog's fur could be a carrier....

Hold that thought.

Last night I was awake when my husband got up for work at 3:30 am.
I couldn't sleep right away so I grabbed my phone and opened snapchat as I had a message and photo from one of my (young adult) kids who live 1000 miles away.
After I responded, I opened up the map and started to click on random public snaps.
I decided to click on a bunch of San Francisco snaps as I know the west coast is hit hard right now.

One of the snaps I watched was of a guy on a mostly deserted public street in San Fran, who just filmed a bird that had died and literally just fell into the street.

Think about this.

Did this bird just happen to die and fall from the air from... something else?  Was the bird sick with a version of this Coronavirus?  Did the guy fake it and put a dead bird in the street and then pretend to have just seen it fall?

If birds can be infected...  




I don't know.
But now that we know dogs can be infected... it makes me wonder about the snapchat story I saw yesterday of the maybe-infected bird that fell dead into the streets of San Francisco.

Hmmm.  Something to ponder over morning coffee.