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Chinese scientists studying effects of COVID-19 found that the virus 'replicates poorly' in dogs.

COURTESY PHOTO - Studies by Chinese doctors found that cats can get and transmit the novel coronavirus. The virus does not replicate well in dogs, the study found.Cats are susceptible to contracting the novel coronavirus, a preliminary study in China found.

The researchers concluded that cats also can pass the coronavirus to other cats via "respiratory droplets." This was determined by placing uninfected cats in enclosures adjacent to cages holding infected cats and closely monitoring their interactions.

While the study showed that cats are receptive to the coronavirus, the Chinese scientists found that the virus "replicates poorly" in dogs, concluding that canines have "low susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2." There have been reports of a couple of dogs in Hong Kong testing positive for low levels of coronavirus.

pmgThe team at Beijing's Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences' veterinary research lab undertook the work, the study states, because "cats and dogs are in close contact with humans, and therefore it is important to understand their susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 for COVID-19 control." The research was performed under high-level biosafety conditions, with the scientists wearing full-body pressurized suits.

This Oregonian/OregonLive story is shared as part of a local media project to increase COVID-19 news coverage.

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