There is limited evidence that some animals, including pets, can become infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), following close contact with infected humans. In several countries in the world, incidents of infections in animals have been reported in companion animals (mostly cats and dogs), in a limited number of zoo animals and on mink farms. The majority had contact with infected humans, or humans introduced the infection that then spread among animals, such as farmed mink. In the UK, there is no evidence of the virus circulating in livestock, cases in pet animals are very rare, and there are no mink farms. COVID-19 is driven by human to human transmission, with more than 50 million human cases globally.
- you should follow the current staying safe guidance at all times
- General guidance for farmers, crofters and other agricultural workers about how to work safely during this time and prevent the spread of COVID-19
In line with general advice, you should wash your hands regularly with soap, including before and after contact with animals and animal products. You should avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth until hands have been thoroughly washed.