How India is handling human to animal transmission of COVID-19 (or not)

The Indian government issued advisories for testing and treating the novel coronavirus in animals. Just how executable are they?

Her name is Nadia, and she was the first of her kind to be tested for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans. This was 13 months ago, and she was four years old at the time. Keepers noticed that she’d developed a dry cough, so they sedated her and performed the same diagnostics and blood work performed on humans who present symptoms.

The results of those tests made Nadia, a Malayan tiger at New York City’s Bronx Zoo, the first wild-but-captive animal to be diagnosed with COVID-19. But things were just getting started for the zoo.

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Roshni P. Nair

Roshni is a features writer and former editor of The Morning Context's Chaos team. Her career spans The Ken, Reuters, the Hindustan Times and DNA. She is a recipient of the UNFPA Laadli award and was shortlisted for the RedInk Awards 2016 for her story on Mumbai’s leprosy colonies. Her far-flung ideas would sometimes drive our editor-in-chief Ashish up the wall, but he wouldn’t have had it any other way (even if he didn’t admit it).