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Protect Animals from COVID-19

Protect Animals from COVID-19
Updated Apr. 30, 2021

Animals Can Get COVID-19

COVID-19 is a virus.
COVID-19 can spread between people.
COVID-19 can spread from people to animals.

Protect Service Animals

Service animals help people.
Keep service animals away from sick people.
Keep service animals at least 6 feet away from other people.
Keep a sick service animal at home.
Call a vet when a service animal is sick.
Keep service animals clean.
Clean service animal vests.
Clean service animal collars.
Clean service animal leashes.
Wash your hands after you touch an animal.

Stop COVID-19 Every Day

Stay at least 6 feet away from people outside your home.
Stay away from crowds.
Stay away from inside places with lots of people.
Stay away from people who are sick.
Stay away from people if you are sick.
Wear a mask to protect everyone.
The mask must cover your nose.
The mask must cover your mouth.
The mask must fit under your chin.
The mask must be snug on your face.
Make sure breathing is easy.
Masks may feel different.
Practice wearing a mask.
Practice will help you get used to wearing a mask.

Wash Your Hands Often

Wash your hands before touching your face.
Wash your hands when you get home.
Wash your hands before you make food.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Wash your hands after you use the bathroom.
Wash your hands after you blow your nose.
Wash your hands after you sneeze.
Wash your hands after you cough.
Wash your hands after you care for a sick person.
Wash your hands after you touch an animal.
Wash your hands after you touch your mask.

Original Guidance: Guidance for Handlers of Service and Therapy Animals

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