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Is COVID-19 infecting wild animals? We’re testing species from bats to seals to find out


Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have found coronavirus infections in pet cats and dogs and in multiple zoo animals, including big cats and gorillas. These infections have even happened when staff were using personal protective equipment.

More disturbing, in December the United States Department of Agriculture confirmed the first case of a wild animal infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Researchers found an infected wild mink in Utah near a mink farm with its own COVID-19 outbreak.

Are humans transmitting this virus to wildlife? If so, what would this mean for wild animals – and people too? MORE

Header image: Gorillas have been affected by human viruses in the past and are susceptible to the coronavirus. Credit: Thomas Fuhrmann via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA.