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Scientific Committee Member Prof. Dr. Lesbos: Those who have the disease at home should stay away from their pets

PandemicOne of the most emphasized issues in the scientific world since the beginning of the corona virus has been the risk of passing from human to animals. In recent weeks, in Europe, the virus UK variantIt has been reported that can cause serious heart problems in pets.

This raised the concern of the disease spreading, especially from pets to humans, in the fight against the epidemic. Scientifically Covid-19 Although there is not enough evidence yet that the animals infected with the disease play an important role in spreading the disease to humans, it is revealed that the virus can be transmitted to pets such as dogs, cats, monkeys and mink, the new variant (England) has also been transmitted to mice that have not been infected with the corona virus, the virus is another exposed the risk of undergoing mutations.


While the development of Covid vaccine for animals continues in the USA and Russia, in January, in the scientific journal Virulence, “Some pet species vaccination may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection ”.

Head of Medical Virology Department of Istanbul University-Cerrahpaşa Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty Medical Microbiology Department and Member of the Ministry of Health Coronavirus Scientific Committee Prof. Dr. Kenan Midilli pointed out that the UK variant, which is rapidly transmitted and is now dominant all over the world, can also infect pets.

Prof. Dr. Lesbos said, “Unfortunately, our pets can be infected. But it does not usually cause a very heavy picture in pets. Since contamination to animals involves some epidemiological risks, we focus on this issue a lot, as the virus carries a risk of different evolution in animals. Towards the end of the summer, it caused a great rush when there was a change in Denmark, first from people to mink, then from mink to people, and then again. Unfortunately, it resulted in the culling of the vast majority of the minkes there. It was necessary that such an evolutionary process would not continue any longer. Because, in the first studies, there were findings that variants in minkes have the ability to escape immunity. Therefore, pet owners who do not want to infect their animals (if they have Covid at home) should protect them like other family members. That should avoid close contact, ”he said.


Stating that it is usual to experience an increase in child cases as the UK variant can infect all age groups more easily, Prof. Dr. “But there is no evidence at the moment that especially children watch more heavily,” said Midilli.

Noting that the confusion about vaccine selection is unfounded, Prof. Dr. Lesbos continued his words as follows:

“At the moment, it is more important to reach the vaccine as soon as possible and to be vaccinated rather than the election impasse. For him, the slogan ‘The vaccine you found is the best vaccine’ still applies. Anyway, vaccinations are given in hospitals or under the supervision of a doctor and waiting for a certain period of time. That’s why there is no need to worry about side effects. “

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