Dog walking Can Increase the Risk of Contracting COVID-19 by 78%

Dog walking is a fun activity that allows you to spend time with your pet. All dogs need a regular walk daily or otherwise, they can become stressed and aggressive. While dog walking looks like a normal thing, during the on-going pandemic, it is not a recommended idea. the new study has highlighted that dog walking can significantly increase the risk of contracting COVID-19.

The new study by the Spanish research team has come up with understating how different routine activities can increase the risk of contracting COVID-19 and dog walking is one of them. According to their results, it can increase the infection risk by 78% which is worrisome.

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The research team shared that sociodemographic variables such as walking your dog may have a direct effect on health. living with a dog is healthy for a person but the on-going pandemic has pretty much changed every ‘normal’ thing in life. From meeting friends to shopping trips, everything that involves an interaction with the outer world has a number of risks.

Coronavirus which has lately emerged for the first time ever is a respiratory virus. It is highly contagious and can be contracted from any public or shared space. Every activity which drags a person outside and exposed him to any public place, or brings the public surfaces to him carries this risk.

Some other scientists argue that pets may give coronavirus to their owners if they are spending too much time outdoors. Earlier this year, many news that came forward confirmed that pets were diagnosed with coronavirus. In one of the cases, the Covid positive owner gave coronavirus to his cat. However, this virus has no complications in animals.

Yet, the evidence on animals transmitting this virus to humans is limited and requires more studies. Dogs and humans may have the same receptors for viral entry. But there is no way to be sure if you can get this virus from walking your dog outside.

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The research team emphasized an in-depth analysis on this subject, understating if there is a risk of Contracting COVID-19 for the dog owners. Only research studies can confirm if the cross-infection between animals and humans is possible or not.

It is impossible to expect dogs to practice the same precautions for coronavirus as humans. Most of the social behaviors of dogs fall into the category of unhygienic habits. It means that their risk of contracting the virus from public places or other animals is the highest.

Coronavirus has many other types that are involved in a number of diseases. Most of these viruses cause a flu-like disease in humans but in puppies, it may cause diarrhea. not all of this coronavirus are related to each other. Also, not all of them are deadly.

The only way to avoid the risk of contracting COVID-19 is by following social distancing. The dog walkers should follow more precautions to save them and their pets.

More information

This study is published in the journal  Environmental Research as  “The spread of SARS-CoV-2 in Spain: Hygiene habits, sociodemographic profile, mobility patterns, and comorbidities”.



Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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