MANILA – There is no present evidence that pets, such as dogs and cats, can be infected with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the World Health Organization said.
“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 WHO said.
The WHO said the spread of the new coronavirus is a global emergency, saying 2019-nCoV can affect “people of all ages.”
“Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus,” it said.
Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the 2019-nCoV? Certainly not, according to the WHO.
“Antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria. The new coronavirus is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment,” it said.
WHO, however, stressed,…
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