How susceptible are animals to coronavirus?

Mink are among the species known to be susceptible to the novel coronavirus. Credit: dennisicecap1

As Danish authorities prepare to kill millions of farmed mink over coronavirus concerns, it raises questions about how vulnerable other species may be, and if they may further spread the disease among humans.

“The most disturbing possibility is that the virus could mutate in animals and become more transmissible or more dangerous to humans,” writes the New York Times. “In Denmark, the virus has shifted from humans to mink and back to humans, and has mutated in the process. Mink are the only animals known to have passed the coronavirus to humans, except for the initial spillover event from an unknown species. Other animals, like cats and dogs, have been infected by exposure to humans, but there are no known cases of people being infected by exposure to their pets.”

Read more in the New York Times.