At present, there is no evidence suggesting companion animals including dogs or cats can infect humans with the new Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The current spread is a result of human to human transmission.
Good hand hygiene using soap and water after contact with any animal is always recommended. It protects you against common bacteria including E.coli and Salmonella that can pass between animals and humans.
The most up-to-date information related to animal health can be found on the OIE website here.
Full World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) guidance on coronavirus is available on their website here.
For up to date information on the human situation, please consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website here.
Date: 5 March 2020