Winston, the first dog known to be infected with COVID-19, has been declared cured
Ben McLean, a student at Darmouth University, said his family was surprised when Winston became the world's first dog found with COVID-19. Ben's parents were tested and detected with the new coronavirus in March. His father, a doctor at a hospital in North Carolina, became ill first, and soon his wife became infected. Ben McLean showed symptoms but was not tested.
After recovering, the three decided to participate in a study conducted by Duke University. Patients were asked to donate plasma and be tested for antibodies. Subsequently, they were asked for permission to have their pets tested.Winston was tested on April 1 and the result was positive.
All members of the McLean family, including Winston, have been declared healed and now practice social distance as a precaution. "Winston recovered. Today I went for a walk and ran through the park," said Ben McLean.
At a restaurant located in Hanoi, Vietnam, visitors were offered a "coronaburger." This is an ordinary burger in which the top bun is made in the form of a virus that is causing a pandemic around the world. Thus, Hanoi fast food Pizza Home decided to urge the population not to panic.
“We decided to start making crown burgers against all the negative news about coronavirus so that people could feel happier [...] In Vietnam there is such a thing - if you are afraid of something, then you should eat it,” German Gref said, Baker Pizza Home.
Despite the fact that most cafes and restaurants in Vietnam have closed due to a pandemic, Pizza Home continues to work in a takeaway format. Every day, about 50 people buy new burgers, which increased restaurant sales by 5%.
Pizza Home restaurant in Vietnam launched the sale of the “coronaburgers,” writes Vice. Their upper bun resembles an image of a coronavirus under a microscope.
- According to China's top expert, pets might be infected by the new virus
- Sales volume of dog-specific masks is increasing in China due to the coronavirus
- Online ecoomerce shops are selling 10 times more masks daily
- Death toll of the disease has reached to at least 180 in China
- There are now more than 9,200 people confirmed to have been infected globally
Chinese pet owners are rushing to buy face masks for their dogs amid the coronavirus outbreak to prevent their loved ones from catching the deadly disease.
The news comes after China's top expert for infectious diseases warned that pets might also be infected by the coronavirus, which has so far spread to 21 countries and regions and sickened more than 7,900 people.
The World Health Organization, however, claims that it has not seen any evidence of the virus being passed onto cats or dogs.
In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, residents from Moscow and several other regions are urged to stay at home. Under quarantine conditions, it is recommended to go outside only in case of emergency.
One good reason to leave your home for a short while is to walk your pets. First of all, dogs.
For those who do not have them, but really want to leave the house and take a walk, dog owners offer to rent a “friend for an hour”. Such ads have already appeared on well-known classified sites.
Price - from 500 rubles ($7) and above and a mandatory deposit, and some also have people "accompanying" the animal.
However, people who really love their dogs, this service causes at least confusion.
For example, corgi breeder Alexandra Baklamina, in a comment to Vesti.Ru, said that a normal owner of a dog would not give it to a stranger, even for a while.
"How can a person be sure of the behavior of his own dog? A dog may not listen to a stranger, pick up something or run away," Alexandra argues.
In addition, as other dog owners say, their pets, in principle, would not go for a walk with a stranger.
The veterinarian, professor of the Department of Biology and Virology, Doctor of Biological Sciences Elena Yarygina, for her part, noted in a comment to m24.ru that renting an animal is very cruel in relation to it.
Yarygina said that this will lead to stress and may affect his health.
The only situation where you can be trusted to walk with your pet acquaintances, friends or neighbors is when you cannot do this for health reasons.
However, the veterinarian believes that such announcements do not make much sense, since walking animals is not the only condition under which a person can leave his home during quarantine: there is still the opportunity to go to the nearest store or pharmacy.
Earlier it was reported about the Spaniard, who decided to earn extra money during strict quarantine, renting out his dogs for walking.
The Nature Protection Service and the Civil Guard drew attention to him. The man was asked to stop this activity, but he continued it.
Online searches for "corona beer virus," "beer virus," and "beer coronavirus" have risen around the world since January 18, apparently associating the drink and the virus with confusion. Only In the U.S. alone, Google Trends indicates that 57% of people those that searched one of those terms in recent days searched for "beer virus," while the remaining 43% looked for "corona beer virus."
So, in order not to create any confusion, we will try to answer the five most Googled questions about coronavirus:
1. What is coronavirus?
It is a family of viruses named so because “corona” means crown in Latin and these viruses have little spikes on their surfaces that make them look like little crowns. The strain that is causing the current outbreak that started in Wuhan, China, is a newly discovered strain in this family which no cure has been found yet.
1. What is Corona?
It is a brand of beer, a pale lager. The beer originated back in 1925, forty years before the first strain of coronavirus was discovered and named. The virus was not named after the beer. If you ask the bartender for a Corona and he will try to give you coronavirus instead, you should leave the place immediately.
2. Is coronarvirus deadly?
Coronarvirus can kill an average of 15% of people who are infected, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This new 2019-nCoV has already resulted in at least 170 deaths with over 7,700 infected. So, yes it can be deadly. However, so far, this season, the flu has killed far more people, at least 8,000 in the U.S. alone.
2. Is Corona deadly?
Drinking in moderation may not kill you. However, drinking too much can end up killing you.
3. Can I prevent from coronavirus?
Currently there is no vaccine against any type of coronavirus. Therefore, the best things to do are to avoid close contact with those who are sick and to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Also, refrain from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your paws.
3. Can I prevent from Corona the beer?
Don’t buy it. Or ask the person throwing the party to get some other brand of beer. Alternatively, you can serve kale. No one will notice the difference.
4. How does coronavirus spread?
Looks like the new coronavirus spreads via respiratory droplets like the other types of coronavirus. So when an infected person sneezes or coughs, he or she can leave virus-filled respiratory droplets momentarily in the air or on some surface or object. Touching these droplets and then rubbing your eyes, nose, or mouth could get yourself infected.
4. How does Corona the beer spread?
By handing it out to people. A store, a bartender, or a party host may spread the beer. Additionally, if you spill the beer on a ping pong table, it can rapidly spread across the table.
5. Where does coronavirus come from?
Not beer. Unless someone who is infected with the coronavirus coughed or sneezed on a beer and then gave the beer to you. A study published in the Journal of Medical Virology suggested that this new coronavirus could have jumped from snakes to humans however, more research has to be made in order to find the cause of this infection.
5. Where does Corona the beer come from?
The refrigerator. It could also be from a shelf or a box. Occasionally a fanny pack may be the source. If you are wondering where it originally came from, Cervecería Modelo and Constellation Brands in Mexico produce Corona, the beer.
In conclusion, it's safe to drink a Corona beer and panicking when seeing a bottle of Corona is just silly. On the other hand, you should take all the necessary precocious while travelling to the affected areas.
Italian researchers tested 540 dogs and 277 cats in households, where people had tested positive for COVID-19, or in areas severely affected by the pandemic, such as Lombardy. The scientists detected antibodies against the virus in 3.4% of dogs and 3.9% of cats.
Studies on a relatively large number of animals confirm the premise that pets can be infected by humans with SARS-CoV-2, but vice versa is very unlikely. Tests taken from the mouth, nose and throat tested negative in all animals. Cats and dogs were tested between March and May 2020.
Pets do not spread the virus
Researchers say this extensive study is very useful. According to Thomas Mettenleiter, president of the Friedrich-Loeffler Institute (FLI) in Greifswald, the results are not surprising: "Confirm what we already know." However, a study with such a large number of pets is welcome. "Samples are not easy to obtain."
Contact with the pet should not be reduced (picture-alliance / dpa Themendienst / K. Neumann)
Healthy people should not restrict contact with pets
The study therefore confirms the FLI researchers' assumption that dogs or cats have not yet played a role in the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The decisive factor is the transmission from person to person. "We start from the premise that the virus is usually transmitted from humans to animals," says Mettenleiter. Therefore, FLI considers that healthy people have no reason to restrict contact with their pets. On the other hand, patients infected with coronavirus should avoid contact with pets in order not to infect them.
Animals do not die from coronavirus infection
So far, Mettenleiter claims, there is no evidence that the animals could die from coronavirus infection. Even if pets contract the virus, it does not automatically mean that it can spread to animals and then spread through nasal, coughing or fecal secretions.
In addition, researchers at FLI have found that there is currently no evidence to confirm that pigs, chickens and other farm animals can be infected with SARS-CoV-2. The institute is currently conducting experiments with several species of animals. According to the initial results, ferrets and fruit bats are sensitive to the virus, but chickens and pigs are not. Cattle studies are still in their infancy.
Outbreaks of coronavirus on farms
Scientists are also investigating how the virus reached mink farms in the Netherlands and Spain, infecting almost all the animals kept there - that is, whether farm staff infected the animals or vice versa.
Precautionary measure in mink farms in the Netherlands: over one million animals have been killed
The outbreak of coronavirus on mink farms near the Spanish town of La Puebla de Valverde, a village of 500 inhabitants in northwestern Aragon, was discovered after 14 employees tested positive for the new coronavirus in late May. Two other employees became infected after the farm was closed.
Outbreaks in the Netherlands began in April. During the examinations, veterinary professor Wim van der Poel, from the University of Wagingen, found that the strain of virus found in mink is similar to that circulating in humans.
"I suspected that it might be transferred to humans (from animals)," van der Poel said. Which happened to at least two farm employees.
Authorities killed more than a million miners
As a precautionary measure following the outbreak, the Spanish authorities ordered the killing of more than 92,000 minks on the farm. 90 percent were infected with the new coronavirus.
In the Netherlands alone, more than 1.1 million minks, which have spread the virus, have been killed, the Dutch Food and Consumer Safety Agency said.
There are about 160 mink farms in the Netherlands. The country is the fourth largest fur producer in the world, after Denmark, China and Poland. Spain has 38 mink farms, most of them in Galicia.
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