South Korea documented their first human to kitty cat COVID transmission. So, health officials in Seoul are beginning to test pets for the virus.
At a virtual press conference on Monday, Park Yoo-mi, a disease control official in Seoul said, "The Seoul metropolitan government will test pet cats and dogs for COVID-19 if they show symptoms."
Only cats and dogs exhibiting symptoms, such as fever, coughing, breathing difficulties and increased secretion from the eyes or nose, will be subject to the test, she said, adding that most pets have not shown symptoms.
I just PRAY, for the sake of Korean Mittens and Fido, that they are not employing the Chinese "anal swab" method for these tests.
Officials are also cautioning people to socially distance their pets as well,
"Please keep your dogs at least 2 meters away from people and other pets when walking them, and strictly follow antivirus measures, such as wearing masks and washing hands," Park said.
Personally, I won't be happy until cat, dog, and gerbil is double-masking.
The CDC has recorded several cases of animal-to-human transmission. So it's not like this is unheard of:
"A small number of pet cats and dogs have been reported to be infected with SARS-CoV-2 in several countries, including the United States.… Most of these pets became sick after contact with people with COVID-19."
Listen, I'm glad they're trying to take care of the animals and limit the spread to people, but I'll just say this...
AIN'T NOBODY TOUCHING MY DOG'S FLOOFY BUNS.