A Kent State expert says pet owners need to be aware of how COVID-19 could potentially be transmitted.
Scientists believe coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, was first contracted by humans from bats in China. It's not yet been confirmed.
Although humans contracted the virus from animals, public health Professor Tara Smith says the probability humans are transmitting it to their pets is low.
Instead, Smith says concern should be if pets are acting as intermediaries carrying the virus.