According to a latest scientific report, it has been revealed that cats develop a protective immune response to Covid-19, this latest report has baffled scientists from around the world as to whether studying these pets could be the path to a Covid-19 vaccine.
“Resistance to reinfection holds promise that a vaccine strategy may protect cats and, by extension, humans,” researchers at the Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences wrote.
Early reports by the National Academy of Sciences in the U.S. have confirmed that cats and dogs can contract the novel virus, Covid-19, but are unlikely to get sick. Since Covid-19 is transmitted at a very close contact, scientists have found no proof that cats can transmit the virus to humans.
While conducting experiments with the animals in a laboratory, the researchers found that cats would shed the virus and transmit it to other cats, while infected dogs would not transmit the virus, although in other scientific researches, dog-to-dog transmission have been confirmed.
The researchers also noted that, cats have shown an immune response that was stronger than other animals.
“This could prove a useful measurement for subsequent vaccine trials for both human and animal vaccine candidates,” the research states.
Despite the novel virus claiming millions of lives, the researchers have revealed that there are only a handful of fatalities linked to infected animals.
In order to keep your pets safe from Covid-19, the researchers suggest that you keep your pets indoors and keep them at a distance from family members who are ill.