Dog Owners Have A 78% Higher Risk Of Coronavirus Infection

Henrietta Strickland
November 22, 2020

The British healthcare workers did the study on the frontline of the battle against the coronavirus.

Dog owners who walk their pooches are 78% more likely to come down with COVID-19, a new study claims.

In the research, the scientists specifically looked at people infected with SARS-CoV-2 and mainly those who were hospitalised. "We also need to raise public awareness about the range of symptoms linked with the disease, including mild symptoms that may occur earlier on in the course of the infection than those that are more prominent like cough or fever", Cevik said. With many countries now recommending that people with a SARS-CoV-2 infection should self-isolate for 10 days, the scientists said this is in line with their findings.

The funding from the Department for Health and Social Care Testing Innovation Fund will help to facilitate the genome sequencing capacity needed to meet the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases expected in the United Kingdom this winter, by allowing the team to expand whole-genome sequencing of positive SARS-CoV-2 virus samples.

Moreover, the results of the study also strengthen another finding that people who acquired SARS, another form of human coronavirus, and recovered from it still carry essential immune cells even after 17 years of recovering from the deadly disease.

Furthermore, another research led by immunologist Marion Pepper at the University of Washington and was published on a pre-print website medRXiv also suggested that the body of coronavirus survivors produce a "memory" cell that remains in the body for at least three months.

In the blood samples, the researchers examined components of immune memory. The researchers studied the behavior of 2,086 people in Spain.

The longest length of time that RNA shedding lasted was 83, 59, 35 and 60 days, respectively. "In patients with non-severe symptoms, their period of infectiousness could instead be counted as 10 days from symptom onset", he added.

For more serious infections, studies have found that patients presenting at hospital still most commonly have a fever, shortness of breath and cough.

Professor Cristina Sanchez Gonzalez, who is one of the study's authors, said that dog owners should take extra care to practice good hygiene, the Sun reported.

Of the eleven studies that attempted to isolate the live virus, all eight studies included that used respiratory samples successfully managed to culture viable virus within the first week of illness.

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