We are still learning about the virus that causes COVID-19, but it appears that it can spread from people to animals in some situations. A small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19.
Infected pets might get sick or they might not have any symptoms. Of the pets that have gotten sick, most only had mild illness and fully recovered.
Although coronavirus (COVID-2019) is new, experts know that older adults and those with underlying medical conditions are being more severely affected. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those who are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill include: older adults, people who have serious chronic medical conditions such as, heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease.
Check state, territorial, tribal and local public health websites for information before you travel. If you are traveling internationally, check the destination’s Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health or the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information page external icon for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers, such as mandatory testing or quarantine.