How tracking SARS-CoV-2 in animals protects people

2022-01-12

SARS-CoV-2 has infected pets, wildlife, farmed animals and animals at zoos, and veterinarians, physicians and environmental experts have collaborated to identify susceptible species and learn how the virus spreads, writes Beth Daly, an associate professor of anthrozoology at the University of Windsor. Animals are contracting the virus from exposure to infected people, not the other way around, but researchers are concerned that the virus will mutate in animal hosts and spill back to humans in a more deadly form, Daly writes.

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