Researchers tracked more than 2,000 people in Spain during the country’s initial lock in the spring.
Researchers have found that walking a dog increases the risk of coronavirus infection by 78%.
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The study notes that it is not clear whether dogs acted as hosts for the virus or whether individual owners came into contact with COVID-19 elsewhere in their daily lives.
But the authors say that dog owners should pay special attention to personal hygiene, as the cold season falls and the virus is revived.
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The full research is published in the journal here.
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