Study: Pet Owners Easier Tolerate COVID-19
Now that coronavirus quarantines have been introduced almost everywhere, dog owners are in a better position - they can officially go outside for a short time. But the benefits of pets are not only that. Scientists from the Italian city of Catanzaro during the study found out that those who have a four-legged pet, COVID-19 is easier to carry. A similar effect was observed in those who came into contact with farm animals, writes Freenews life.
To find an explanation for this phenomenon, the researchers compared viruses that infect animals and humans. It turned out that the disease of bulls, cows and other cattle is similar to the Chinese coronavirus by 38,4%, and with the virus of dogs by 36,9%. This means that the owners of SARS-Cov-2 already have some kind of immunity, scientists say.
This was also reported by Sabina Olex-Condor, a Polish doctor working in a clinic in Madrid. She believes that owners of cats and dogs, as a rule, cope with coronavirus infection easier or tolerate completely asymptomatic.
“This issue warrants further study, but there is speculation that we may be dealing with higher immunity due to exposure to pet-specific coronaviruses and a more efficient immune system,” notes Olex-Kondor.
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Perhaps this is due to the fact that as a result of cross-reactions, antibodies to the virus are produced, and the owners (most often) of cats are more protected from COVID-19. Olex-Condor has drawn its conclusions based on an analysis of observations of 100 patients with coronavirus.
“Cats are known to have a form of feline coronavirus, which does not infect humans. Therefore, it is possible that people who have close daily contact with a carrier cat may have antibodies to the feline virus. And these antibodies can also kill the human virus. This is called cross-reaction and it exists in nature. Of course, in-depth research and statistics will be required to confirm my assumptions, ”notes the doctor.
The immunity of pet owners can already be "tested" in the fight against microorganisms contained in the saliva and hair of animals, so the disease is easier to tolerate.
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