Dog walkers and people who receive ‘home deliveries’ are said to increase their chances of catching Covid-19.
According to a study by Spanish researchers, walking the dog and home delivery services are just two of the main activities that can increase your chances of contracting the coronavirus.
Research has shown that just walking your dog increased your odds by 78%, while more alarmingly, receiving a home delivery increased your risk factor by 94%.
Different behaviors were analyzed in the study, but these aren’t the only activities that pose an increased risk – working in the office and walking also makes you more vulnerable to the deadly virus.
The study, published in the Environmental research newspaper, suggested dogs could catch the virus and spread it, or by transporting it by touching contaminated surfaces and then their owners.
“Our research results warn of increased contagion among dog owners,” said Prof Cristina Sánchez González. “The reason for this higher prevalence has not yet been elucidated. Given the current scarcity of resources to diagnose SARS-CoV-2 in humans, the possibility of a diagnosis in dogs is extremely. unlikely.”
Although she added that it was possible that the virus had spread in their stools, she said there was not enough information yet to confirm this. As a result, scientists have warned dog owners to be extra careful with hygiene during and after taking their pets outdoors.
The caveat comes because there is so far a lack of knowledge about how animals spread the virus – despite confirmed cases of the coronavirus in cats and dogs, animals don’t seem to be in much pain.
The study, conducted by the University of Granada and the Andalusian School of Public Health in Spain, surveyed 2,086 people in Spain.
People were asked what they had done during the pandemic and if they had caught Covid-19. Scientists were then able to see which activities were considered the most “risky”.
What are the results of the study?
- 4.7% of the group has caught Covid at some point – that’s about 98 people.
- Activities related to an increased risk of a positive test included delivering deliveries to supermarkets to homes, which increased the risk by 94% and was found to be more dangerous than going to the store.
- Working in the office increased risk by 76%
- Meanwhile, another person who tested positive in the household increased the risk by 60 times.
- But the study does not show details of other household members and the additional risk posed by dogs.
Professor Sánchez González added: “In the midst of a pandemic and in the absence of an effective treatment or vaccine, preventive hygiene measures are the only salvation, and these measures should also be applied to dogs. , which, according to our study, appear to directly or indirectly increase the risk of contracting the virus. “
Remember to clean your dog and before and after each walk to limit the risks as well as follow the last government guidelines.