Dr. Michael Osterholm is the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. “Please understand, this B.1.1.7 variant is a brand new ball game,” Osterholm said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “It infects kids very readily. Unlike previous strains of the virus, we didn’t see children under 8th grade get infected often or they were not frequently very ill, they didn’t transmit to the rest of the community. Anywhere you look where you see this emerging, you see that kids are playing a huge role in the transmission of this,” Osterholm said. “All the things that we had planned for about kids in schools with this virus are really no longer applicable. We’ve got to take a whole new look at this issue.”
The first Minnesota P.1 variant case was identified in a person who became symptomatic in early January and was hospitalized for 9 days. During the case investigation, the person reported having travelled to southeastern Brazil within the 14 days before symptom onset. The patient’s travel partner, who lived in the same household, also had symptoms of COVID-19 and received a positive SARS-CoV-2 test result after returning.
CDC Report: First Identified Cases of SARS-CoV-2 Variant P.1 in the United States — Minnesota, January 2021
A tiger at a Pine County wildlife sanctuary tested positive for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, making it the second confirmed captive or domestic animal case in the state.
A Carver County house cat tested positive in June, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.
“It’s a good reminder that the virus can be transmitted from people to animals,” said Dr. Beth Thompson, state veterinarian. People who test positive with COVID-19 or suspect they have it should avoid contact with pets and other animals to protect them from possible infection, state officials said.
Norfolk scientists have said Covid vaccinations may need to be given to our pets.
A joint study by experts from the University of East Anglia (UEA), the Earlham Institute and the University of Minnesota has revealed that Covid-19 can affect a wide variety of animals, including dogs and cats.
“It is not unthinkable that vaccination of some domesticated animal species might be necessary to curb the spread of the infection,” they wrote in an editorial for the journal Virulence.