Demystifying Medicine Video

This video talks about COVID-19 infection between domestic animals (dogs and cats). It explains why dogs and cats have a low chance of getting infected; how the virus works differently in human and animal cells; how to protect your pets from the virus; and what to do if you think your pets are infected.

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