Dog owners don’t want to risk the lives of their beloved companions.
Beijing, January 31, 2020: With coronavirus declared global health emergency, dog owners in China are taking no chances when it comes to the health of their pooches. Sales of face masks for dogs, bought with the hope they will protect canines from the coronavirus outbreak, have skyrocketed since the deadly disease was first reported in Wuhan last month.
As reported by Fox news, while it’s fairly common to see citizens walking around in face masks to safeguard from the potentially deadly virus that has rocked the globe, it’s far less common to see more dogs wearing masks of their own.Beijing-based seller Zhou Tianxiao said he’s now selling 10 times the number of special masks for dogs than before the outbreak. He’s been selling on the Chinese e-commerce site Taobao since 2018, according to the Daily Mail. Originally, the masks were meant to protect pups from air pollution.
“Most have started to wear . Because there is this virus, people pay more attention to their health and their pets’ health,” Tianxiao said. “ might not be as professional as the medical masks made for humans, but they are functional.“Their main purposes are to block out smog, stop dogs from eating or licking food on the floor and prevent them from being exposed to the virus,” he added.
There have not been any reported cases of animals contacting the coronavirus, which was declared a global health emergency on Thursday by the World Health Organization. However, a member of China’s National Health Commission cautioned pet owners to be vigilant.
“If pets go out and have contact with an infected person, they have the chance to get infected. By then, pets need to be isolated. In addition to people, we should be careful with other mammals especially pets,” said epidemiologist Li Lanjuan, according to China Daily.
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