A preprint research study has indicated that cats and ferrets may become infected with SARS-nCoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Dogs, pigs, chickens and ducks did not appear to allow for replication of the virus, however.
This finding is consistent with prior research related to SARS-nCoV-1, which was the coronavirus that caused the outbreak of SARS in 2003. Cats and ferrets were both able to be infected with that virus, although the implications of that for transmission of disease to humans remains unclear.
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