Researchers in Brazil have discovered a higher than expected incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection among the cats and dogs of people with COVID-19.

However, there remains no evidence that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can transmit from pets to people.

Between May and October 2020, scientists at the Evandro Chagas National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, in Rio de Janeiro, recruited 21 patients with confirmed COVID-19 who shared their household with a pet cat or dog.

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