HEALTH

Misleading claim circulates about WHO's advice on COVID-19 transmission from cats and dogs

Published on 27/07/2020 at 10:00

Multiple Facebook posts shared hundreds of times claim the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a statement that cats and dogs do not “carry” COVID-19. The claim is misleading; a WHO spokesperson told AFP they have published no such statement; in July 2020, experts said there was “little evidence” that animals can transmit the virus to humans, but there was some evidence of human-to-animal transmission.