An Australian man has run an antigen test on their pet dog after the whole family was diagnosed with COVID-19, and the positive result seemingly confirmed his suspicions.
Brage Hynne posted a TikTok video, showing his adorable pup having it’s mouth swabbed with a cotton bud. The video then shows the dog’s results being run through an antigen test, which turns positive.
“Our whole family tested positive for corona, so we tested our dog,” the text on the clip begins.
After scrubbing around the dog’s mouth, a positive result is shown, along with the text “WTF, my dog has corona”.
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The paws-itively adorable yet perplexing clip has racked up over 10.5 million views, with many users questioning its authenticity. Of course, a positive test from a human could have been used in the video.
“Its fine, health organisation said dogs don’t have to isolate. WHO let the dogs out,” jokingly commented one user.
“Did ANYONE in the comments realize it’s probably just for fun? Take a deep breath guys,” said another.
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The video has also stirred up angry comments from users, asking people not to “waste” rapid tests on animals in light of Australia’s shortage of antigen tests.
“Don’t waste the tests their limited edition around here 😅 (seriously hard to buy in aus right now),” wrote one user.
Skeptics would say it’s a fetching ploy by the dog to keep his family at home in insolation with him.
Even so, it may be time to see the dog-ter. According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), household pets — including cats and dogs — have been infected with the virus that causes Covid-19 stretching back to 2020, especially animals who have been in close proximity to humans who harbour the infection disease.
Way back at the start of the pandemic, it was widely reported that pets were tragically being thrown out of windows in China, because people were worried that the animals would give the disease to them.
After these horrifying events, it was briefly reported that domestic animals couldn’t be infected with the disease. However, the information has since been updated to say that pets can contract the disease, but the chances are low.
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