There are concerns that there is a “considerable risk” humans are transmitting coronavirus to wildlife, which could “endanger species.”
According to the author who wrote an article in the journal Mammal Review, this could endanger species that are already threatened by extinction.
The author warns that wildlife workers must take sanitary precautions when in contact with wild or feral species.
Dr Sophie Gryseels, from the University of Antwerp said, “We really should avoid turning our pandemic into a multi-species problem.
“It’s difficult enough to control SARS-CoV-2 in human populations. Imagine what it will be like if it spreads among wild mammals.
“They could also get sick and form a reservoir from which they can then again infect humans, but we can’t ask animals to wear face masks and keep physical distance.”