Can Birds Get Covid-19?
Coronavirus or as it is officially known as SARS-CoV-2 has been at the forefront of everyone’s minds for nearly a year now – and for good reason. Since it was first identified late last year it has spread rapidly and caused more than two million deaths.
But what about birds? Is it possible for them to get infected with Covid-19?
What Does The Research Say?
The answer is no, at least not directly. As yet, there is no evidence that birds can be infected with the virus that causes Covid-19. This is based on a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, which monitored over 300 wild and captive birds in the US and found no evidence of SARS-CoV-2.
However, there is still a potential for birds to be a host for other coronaviruses. By this, we mean that birds may be a carrier of other coronaviruses, which could be similar to the virus that causes covid-19. This means that while they may not be directly infected with the virus that causes Covid-19, they may still be capable of spreading other coronaviruses.
How Can Humans Protect Birds?
As with all viruses, humans can play a role in protecting birds from a potential infection. Here are some ways to do this:
- Adhere to social distancing protocols: Social distancing is a critical aspect of protecting ourselves from the virus and it is important to keep away from birds, especially those that live in wild or captive environments.
- Wear a mask: If you must come into contact with birds, make sure to wear a face covering.
- Wash your hands: Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after handling any birds or bird-related items.
- Limit bird interaction: Don’t handle birds unnecessarily and stay away from contact with wild birds.
At present, there is no evidence to suggest that birds can be directly infected with Covid-19. However, there is a potential risk of birds being carriers of other coronaviruses which are similar to the virus that causes Covid-19.
By following simple precautions like keeping our distance, wearing masks and washing our hands, we can help protect birds from a potential infection.