COVID-19: Guidelines for Pets Protection If You are Infected

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How to protect your pets if you have COVID-19

Panic struck the public recently when a tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City tested positive for the coronavirus. According to local news, the tiger is believed to have been infected by a zoo employee who was "asymptomatically infected with the virus" while caring for it, drawing people's attention to the topic of how to protect your pets or animals if you are sick with COVID-19.  

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), testing for companion animals will only be done if animal and public health officials agree that there's a link to a known human case of COVID-19. There will not be widespread testing done for general companion animal population.  

Although there have been no reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19 in the United States, people should still be on alert as a previous case showed a dog in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region tested "weakly" positive for SAR-CoV-2 during quarantine and then died three days after returning home. 

According to the US CDC  (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy.

It's recommended that people who have COVID-19, or are suspected of having COVID-19 symptoms, should limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. The following protective suggestions of pets are appropriate for those who have COVID-19:  

  • When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick.

  • Avoid contact with your pet including, petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.

  • If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them.

Meanwhile, if you observe that your pets or animals have developed any COVID-19 symptoms, it's encouraged that you consult your veterinarian.

Risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people: 

According to US, CDC  "... there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 to people or that they might be a source of infection in the United States." However, the CDC also said: "Some coronaviruses that infect animals can sometimes be spread to humans and then spread between people, but this is rare. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) are examples of diseases caused by coronaviruses that originated in animals and spread to people. This is what is suspected to have happened with the virus that caused the current outbreak of COVID-19." 


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A Rush of Local News

Wuhan Reopens:

The city was under lockdown for the last 76 days amid a tight coronavirus quarantine. Home to over 11 million people, the Chinese city celebrated its reopening with a midnight light show.

Before the city was reopened, Central China's Hubei Province said on Tuesday it will stick to first-level emergency response in tackling COVID-19, even as its capital, Wuhan, lifts travel restrictions.

Provincial colleges, primary and secondary schools, secondary vocational schools, technical colleges and kindergartens will continue to postpone the start of new semester

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First train, plane leave Wuhan as city ends lockdown

The first bullet train left Wuhan in central China at 7:06 a.m. BJT (2306GMT) on Wednesday after the city lifted a months-long lockdown imposed to contain the COVID-19 epidemic. Eighteen minutes later, at 7:24 a.m. BJT (2324GMT), the first plane took off from Wuhan Tianhe International Airport to Sanya in south China with 46 passengers on board, marking the resumption of outbound flights and train services in the city since January 23.

More than 55,000 expected to leave Wuhan, Today, by train.

More than 55,000 outbound travelers are expected to leave Wuhan by train on Wednesday after the city lifts its travel restrictions, according to China Railway Wuhan Group.

Medical Suits Donated to India: China has donated 170,000 coverall suits to India, the Indian Press Information Bureau confirmed in a statement. These are head-to-toe suits that protect medical workers and frontline emergency responders from possible exposure to the coronavirus when handling infected patients.

HK Extends Restrictions indefinitely

China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will extend entry restrictions to all non-Hong Kong residents until further notice as the virus continues to spread in the city.  All transit services at Hong Kong International Airport will also continue to be suspended .The restrictions which began on March 25 and meant to last for 14 days is due to expire on Tuesday.

Imported Cases 

Wuhan returnees to Beijing to undergo nucleic acid testing twice

People returning from Wuhan to Beijing are required to undergo nucleic acid testing before leaving the city in central China and after arriving at their destination, and strictly implement medical observation measures, authorities in the Chinese capital have announced.

A Rush of News

New Zealand controversy: The health minister was demoted and called himself "an idiot" after breaking nationwide lockdown rules by driving to the beach with his family.

Fear in Japan: The country recorded another 252 cases yesterday, and the Prime Minister is expected to declare a state of emergency today. Doctors warn that there isn't enough testing, and many say the emergency declaration may be coming too late. Later PM Abe unveiled massive $1 trillion aid package.

94 doctors and 26 nurses in Italy have died of coronavirus. 

The mayor of Paris says that from Wednesday, people wishing to exercise outdoors in the French capital will have to do so before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. local time.

German officials warned today that the country should expect to see a rise in coronavirus deaths because of outbreaks in care homes and assisted living facilities.

Toyota Making Medical Face Shields: Japanese automaker Toyota announced that it will start producing 500-600 medical face shields per week using injection molds and 3D-printing, with plans to ramp up production over time.

Honduras measures: People in Honduras will now be required to wear face masks when they go outside, the President announced.

British Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove is self isolating as a member of his family is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, an ITV reporter said.

New York City mayor says half a million New Yorkers are unemployed or soon will be. 

The City of Miami Beach issued an emergency order today requiring all grocery store, pharmacy and restaurant employees and customers to wear face coverings to cover their noses and mouths. 

Formula One has placed 50% of its staff into temporary furlough whilst the sports Chief Executive, Chase Carey, will take a significant voluntary salary cut as part of measures to reduce costs during the coronavirus crisis. 

El Salvador is extending its nation-wide quarantine another 15 days amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to a tweet from the Press Secretary of the Presidency late Monday. Earlier, President Nayib Bukele announced a 30-day quarantine period starting Saturday, March 21 until April 20. With the 15-day extension, the period now extends to May 5.

Finland's government has extended and tightened border controls restricting travel to and from the country until May 13.

Dubai, the commercial hub of the United Arab Emirates, has extended the closure of commercial activities until April 18.

The Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the lockdown of the country's main island of Luzon, including Manila, until the end of April.

Volkswagen hopes to partially reopen its plant in Spains Navarra region on April 20 after its closure in mid-March, a spokesman said.

Hard-Hit Countries/Regions

Note: The news under this section are according to official reports in these countries; the numbers might not necessarily correspond to the data in the Global table, at the top of this article, which is calculated based on Beijing 24 hours time zone at around 10:00 AM. 

Swiss coronavirus death toll rises to 641:

The Swiss death toll from the new coronavirus has reached 641, the country's public health agency said, rising from 584 people on Monday. The number of positive tests also increased to 22,242 people from 21,652 on Monday, it said.

Spain coronavirus increasing again:

The rate of new infections and deaths from the novel coronavirus in Spain has increased after a week-long decline, data from the Spanish Health Ministry released on Tuesday shows. 743 people have died in the past 24 hours a 5.7% increase in total deaths. This is a slight acceleration on Mondays data, which recorded 637 new deaths a 5.1% increase on the previous days total deaths. The number of active cases has also gone up from 81,540 to 83,504, representing a growth of 2.4% on Mondays numbers. That also shows an acceleration compared to Monday, where there was only a 1.6% increase

France Deaths Surpass 10,000: 

France has become the fourth country to register more than 10,000 deaths due to coronavirus, with 7,091 recorded in hospital and 3,237 in old age homes, according to a government official. A total of 7,131 people were being treated in intensive care, top health official Jerome Salomon told reporters.

Italy new cases lowest since March 13: 

Deaths from the coronavirus epidemic in Italy rose by 604, a lower daily tally than the 636 seen the day before, while the number of new cases posted the smallest increase since March 13. The total death toll rose to 17,127, the Civil Protection Agency said. The total of confirmed cases increased by 3,039 on Tuesday to 135,586, the second successive daily decline.

About 100 American Airlines flight attendants have coronavirus, union says

The union representing flight attendants for American Airlines says about 100 flight attendants have tested positive for the coronavirus. 

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, representing more than 27,000 flight attendants, disclosed the figure in a message to its membership and said the airline has agreed to start providing face masks for frontline team members while at work should you choose to wear one. The union said masks are being distributed this week. 

WhatsApp limits message forwarding

WhatsApp, the widely used personal messaging platform owned by Facebook, says it is limiting users' ability to forward already-widely-shared messages to multiple groups of people simultaneously in a bid to ease the digital information wave inundating so many around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The new restrictions apply to messages that carry the double arrow icon within the app, indicating they were forwarded from a non-close contact. Now WhatsApp says "these messages can only be forwarded to one chat at a time." There's still no limit on how many different chats a user can forward any message to, it will just require more steps to send it to multiple chats. 

25 Million Aviation Jobs at Risk

The International Air Transport Association has warned that 25 million jobs across the world were at risk due to the coronavirus virus, urging governments for support amid warnings that carriers were running out of cash.

It said global air travel saw a 70 percent drop at the beginning of the second quarter, with European flights down 90 percent.

Egypt will keep mosques closed during Ramadan

Egypt will keep its mosques closed even during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan as a precautionary measure due to the spread of the coronavirus, the countrys Ministry of Religious Endowments said today in a statement.

The ministry said it will also suspend all Ramadan activities and group iftars, which are congregational breakfast tables that offer food to the poor and passers by at sundown in Ramadan. 

Ramadan is set to start on April 23


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