If you kiss your cat or other pets, you run the risk of contracting coronavirus, an expert has warned.
Studies show that owners can catch the deadly bug even if their pets don’t show any symptoms.
This has led scientists who led the study to call for more research into whether cats can catch and infect humans with coronavirus.
Daily Mail reports, virus expert Peter Halfmann of the University of Wisconsin has warned people to use “common sense” if they are concerned about the risk.
He also advised people not to kiss their cats and keep the surfaces clean to avoid spreading the virus.
Last week, it was reported that a veterinary school in France had the first case of a cat infected with coronavirus in the country.
Due to the cat’s infection with SARS-CoV-2 – which causes Covid-19 – vets recommend that people limit contact with their pets.
France is now joining the US, China and Belgium on the list of countries with confirmed cases of infection of cats with the virus, but scientists claim that cats cannot transmit the disease to humans.
The EnvA said in its statement that “human to cat transmission is rare but distance is recommended”.
Sophie Le Poder, a virology professor at the National Veterinary School of Alfort (EnvA) and co-author of the study, said, “We were quite selective in our study and tested about ten well-targeted animals.”
She added that they continue their research on pets that may have been infected by the virus.
A few weeks ago, several lions and tigers at New York’s Bronx Zoo tested positive for Covid-19 after contracting the virus from a worker.