So another rambeling thought chain in regards to covid.
Are we underestimating a serious potential vector for sustained transmissions at some point in the future- or risking the variant lotto unknowingly?
First and foremost please do not abandon your pets. Please do not kill your pets. Please, especially, do not do either solely because you read a post
on ATS... That is not at all what I am about to suggest. Im simply pointing out a trend i noticed early on in relation to simultaneous transmission
amd mutatuons arisint alongside that seen in h2h transmission.
We know there is a long list of animals that are capable of contracting the virus, we also know that some animals are more capable than others. We
also now have several studies both peer reviewed and awaiting review showing that some animals, specifically mink , not only can contract the virus
and pass it to others in their species...but it can be passed back to humans. This is decidedly rarely seen in virology for a zoonotic virus to go
back to an animal after adapting to a human, then back again to the human. Can it happen in nature? Yes- theres nothing ecplicitly enigineered about
the process... But just happens to be rare.
Sarscov2 is capable of at least all of this so far.
Susceptibility of ferrets, cats, dogs, and other domesticated animals to
Modeling Study Flags Species Susceptible
Jumping ahead felines are another animal specifically mentioned since the very beginning in some form. At first there were viral stories, most shown
to be untruthful or exaggerated, of people throwing their pets out windows in China. There were then alleged videos that briefly circulated on social
media around March of last year purportedly showing similar actions- those too have allegedly been shown not to be entirely accurate.
What we do know is cats have been studied pretty closely by researcherd since then, and we have quite a bit of information available about their
susceptibility. It seems not only can they catch it, and develop actual symptoms very similar to humams, they can pass it to other cats both within
their home aswell as strays.
Study suggests substantial proportion of pet cats and dogs are infected
with SARS-CoV-2 by their owners
More cats might be COVID-19 positive than first believed, study suggests
Do we know for sure they can or cant pass it back to humans? No. We do not. We know minks can, and we also know that the virus mutates im a very
similar way within both minks aswell as felines. We know this also happens to mimic very similarly the mutations seem in h2h transmission aswell. Im
suggesting it is logical assumption, even if still an assumption, that felines will eventually be proven to potentially transmit back to humans.
SARS-CoV-2 variants from mink evade inhibition by antibodies
Feline model of SARS-CoV-2
infection imitates COVID-19 in humans
Right now with h2h being the overwhelming vector of transmission, in the grande scheme household pets arent at the top of things im worried about- nor
suggest anyone else worry about.
What bothers me is know the potential, in additiom to the amount of pets in most countries but especially urban areas of U.S.... If we had sustained
transmission in felines for example, would we know if we werent looking? Covid deniers would habe a field day if we started testing mass amounts of
pets... But if its happening it means those mutations are also happening.
We know the genetic drift in animals has already independently mutated several identical mutations that we see in humans, specifically in some of the
newer 'variants of concern'. To me this at least implies we could have a potential vector in the future for a reemergence suddenly even after we
finally have the situation seemingly contained.
The possibility of ever mutating strains becoming endemic in animal populations outside the initial host range....would mean a contious cycle
reintroducing new strains repeatedly until it eventually died out. Becase more adapted to felines or whatever host, the odds are better in our favor
of it eventually not being capable of jumping back at all...but its the knowm presence of seemingly identical 'random' mutations at certain spots of
the genome happening in both the animal-animal and h2h that makes me a bit uneasy.
The following sentiment is a common one throughout almost every study thusfar.
Two K-State studies focus on SARS-CoV-2 transmission in domestic cats, pigs
"This efficient transmission between domestic cats indicates a significant animal and public health need to investigate a potential
human-cat-human transmission chain," said Richt, who is also the director of the university's Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal
Diseases, known as CEEZAD, and the Center on Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, known as CEZID.
It seems the science is technically still out... But what we do know suggests there may be a potential issue down the road worthy of investigating,
because the potential of possibility seems to be there.
Accordimg to this site
According to a national pet owners survey, there was a total of approximately 95.6 million cats living in households in the United States in 2017.
In the same year, some 68 percent of all U.S. households owned at least one pet.
Again not urging or suggesting, nor do i condone personally lol, harming or abandoning of any animals. It does seem though theres enough data to
suggest wr all should likely be more aware and cognizant of the spill-over potential there maybe.
Just something I hadnt seen talked about much here, thought I would see what others think
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