At this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low. A small number of pets have been reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after contact with people with COVID-19. Although certain germs can be carried on fur and hair, there is no evidence that viruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19, can spread to people from the skin, fur, or hair of pets.
However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals — such as washing your hands if you do handle animals or their food, supplies or waste. St. Charles County Animal Control offers additional suggestions for encounters with loose animals.