World Health Organization releases coronavirus myth busters

Your dogs won't catch this

The World Health Organization (WHO) has busted the myth that pets can be infected with the new coronavirus, as more dog owners rush to purchase face masks for their beloved canine pets.

There are certain types of canine coronavirus dogs can catch, but not this specific strain of COVID-19, which only infects humans.

Twitter posts showing dogs being fitted with masks before taking a walk outside, or even while still inside the house, have caused some confusion among pet owners who aren't sure of the facts.

However, WHO cleared that up by releasing its list of 14 myths associated with the outbreak of the virus. 

"At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus. 

"However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets. This protects you against various common bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella that can pass between pets and humans."

The list of myth busters also addresses whether hand dryers, garlic, an ultraviolet disinfection lamp or covering your body in alcohol can effectively kill the new coronavirus.

More than 66,000 cases of COVID-19 have been identified so far, with more than 1,500 deaths worldwide.

To read the full list, visit the WHO website

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