MAYORWatch: Should I Be Worried About My Pet Getting Coronavirus?

Mayor Michael Victorino answers weekly questions submitted to his office staff.

Question: Should I be worried about my pet getting coronavirus? Do I need to be cautious around other people’s pets and animals?

Answer: Mahalo for your time and question. While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person.

According to the CDC, there is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, the CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19.

However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals. Remember that you could still get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your own mouth, nose, or eyes.

For more information and other frequently asked questions on the coronavirus, please visit the CDC’s website.

General information and resources can also be found on the County of Maui’s website.

Want to Ask the Mayor? Submit your Maui County related questions to Mayor Michael Victorino by email at [email protected], by phone at 270-7855 or by mail at 200 S. High St., ninth floor, Wailuku 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column; to request a personal response to a concern, email [email protected]

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