It appears that COVID-19 can spread from people to animals in some situations, but not from animals back to people.

Until we learn more about COVID-19, you should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick, just like you would with people, if possible. If you are sick, avoid:

  • Petting
  • Snuggling
  • Being licked
  • Sharing food
  • Sharing bedding

If you can, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a cloth face mask.