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Old 07-18-2020, 08:28 PM   #1
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Exclamation ~~~Can Parrotlets Get The Coronavirus? ~~~

I wonder if birds can get the Covid 19 virus and pass it on to humans?


The recent passing of one of our forum member's parrotlet, Melody, was under a very suspicious situation, since there were no clues on why she passed away. I wouldn't think there would be a connection, but weird things do happen....I wonder????


Does anyone know about any studies being done on the transfer of the virus from animal to human? Let us know!


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Old 07-19-2020, 02:11 PM   #2
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Coronaviruses are species specific. COVID-19 only affects mammals (humans are mammals). COVID-19 does NOT affect birds.

Unless a necropsy was done, there is NO way to determine a cause of death. Anything else is speculation.

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Old 07-19-2020, 04:28 PM   #3
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The research I've done agrees with what Jackie's said. I'd add that from the research I've read so far, the virus doesn't even affect all mammals the same--dogs who have shown antibodies have had few or no symptoms, and it seems that animals also generally only pass the virus on to members of the same species. Future research may prove that incorrect, but so far it appears that pets are not really a concern here.

ETA: Also, even if our birds could get it and pass it on to us (which all evidence says they can't!) Melody (and I presume all our birds) would really have no where to catch it from in order to spread it to the family. Us humans do have to leave the home for work or supply runs. Our birds just hang out at home all the time, so they're very good at social distancing!
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I was at the avian vet recently with Jules on a different matter. I asked the same question to verify what I saw on the internet. She indicated that COVID-19 does not seem to infect birds. Nor was this specific coronavirus expected too.
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Thanks for your opinions.

Do not confuse opinions with facts. They are not the same thing. I provided facts.

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