On Sunday, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan took to his official Twitter handle to bust a baseless myth related to the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
The health minister made it clear that there is no evidence to support that pets like dogs and cats can transmit COVID-19, that has claimed the lives of over 6,000 worldwide.
“MYTH BUSTERS on #COVID2019 There is NO EVIDENCE that PETS such as dogs & cats can transmit #COVIDー19 ! It’s still a good idea to wash your hands well with soap & water after playing with your pets!” Dr Harsh Vardhan posted on Twitter with an image of him petting dogs.
MYTH BUSTERS on #COVID2019— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) March 15, 2020
There is NO EVIDENCE that PETS such as dogs & cats can transmit #COVIDー19 !
It’s still a good idea to wash your hands well with soap & water after playing with your pets ! #CoronaOutbreak #SayNo2Panic #SayYes2Precautions #HelpUsToHelpYou pic.twitter.com/3XdQdzGLGc
Wrong information from unreliable sources has led to a state of panic amongst people who take the news at face value. The dearth of toilet paper rolls in the US and Australian supermarkets is a result of this misinformation.
Actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas also posted pictures with her pet and urged people to stay at home. "Staying home during this time is the safest thing to do @ginothegerman giving mommy hugs makes it so much better.. "
The number of reported infected cases in India has crossed 100, with 2 deaths. Till now 13 people have successfully recovered from the novel virus.
China, where the virus originated is experincing a slowdown in the spread since its inception, while the spread is rapidly growing in other countries. The epicentre has now shifted from the Chinese city of Wuhan to Europe.