If you have more than one pet then the chances of spreading coronavirus in your house increases manifold because cats can spread the new coronavirus to other cats without any of them ever having symptoms, a lab experiment suggests.
Scientists who led the work, say it shows the need for more research into whether the virus can spread from people to cats to people again. Health experts have downplayed that possibility.
The American Veterinary Medical Association said in a new statement that just because an animal can be deliberately infected in a lab "does not mean that it will easily be infected with that same virus under natural condition."
Anyone concerned about that risk should use "common sense hygiene", said virus expert Peter Halfmann. Don't kiss your pets and keep surfaces clean to cut the chances of picking up any virus an animal might shed, he said.
He and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine led the lab experiment and published results in the New England Journal of Medicine.