Experts claim that dog owners are 78% more likely to get coronavirus.
They say that pet owners should take hygiene seriously when going out with poop.
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Scientists in Spain looked at a variety of daily activities and rated them according to their risk of catching Sars-Cov-2.
They claim that a supermarket courier is more dangerous than visiting a store in person.
Researchers surveyed 2,086 people in Spain, and about 41% of participants were between 40 and 54 years old.
A study published in the Journal of Environmental Research by the University of Granada and the Andalusian School of Public Health in Spain found that 4.7% of the group were infected with the virus at some point. This is equivalent to 98 people.
Participants were quizzed about what activities they did.
Tim said living with a dog and taking a walk increased the risk by 78%.
Experts said it could be because the dog can touch a contaminated surface and bite it on its owner when walking.
It’s still unclear whether the animal has spread the virus, but experts have warned that dog owners should focus on hygiene such as hand washing and social distancing while taking their dogs out for a walk.
Experts have also found that getting a courier from a supermarket rather than physically going to a store increases your risk by 94%.
It also found that working in the office rather than working from home increased the risk by 76%.
Surprisingly, if someone in your family tested positive for coronavirus, your risk increased by 60%.
Professor Cristina Sánchez González, the author of the study, said the results warn of increased transmission among dog owners.
She said: “The reason for this higher prevalence is still unknown.
“Considering the current lack of resources to perform SARS-CoV-2 diagnosis in humans, the chances of a dog being diagnosed are very low.”
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She added that more research is needed to see if dogs transmit the virus in the same way as humans, and that it can even be transmitted through feces.
Professor González said the decision to shut down areas such as playgrounds when areas such as dog parks could remain open “did not make sense.”
She added that the precautionary measure is “the only salvation.”
“’With a pandemic going on and there is no effective treatment or vaccine, preventive hygiene measures are the only salvation and these measures should also apply to dogs. It appears to be increasing either directly or indirectly, according to our research. There is a risk of getting the virus,” she said.