Winston the pug was reported to have tested positive for the coronavirus back in April.
Winston’s owner Heather McLean was tested positive for the virus in late March, that’s why her husband, son, and Winston got tested as well and all returned positive.
Recent studies indicate it is more likely that Winston didn’t have the virus in the first place.
According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), their vet laboratories held numerous tests on Winston, owned by the McLeans living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The pug was said to have tested positive back in April. Still, the recent tests indicate no signs of any infection or any antibodies that would typically show after being infected.
Back in late March, Heather McLean got diagnosed with the coronavirus. Samuel, her husband, and Ben, their son, also tested positive after, leading to tests on Winston. Come April 1, the pug showed mild symptoms, so Heather brought him to Duke University to undergo epidemiological and molecular studies.
Later in April, one of the Duke researchers who was involved in the study revealed that Winston did test positive for COVID-19. However, the other pets of the family all tested negative.
Elizabeth Petzold, who was part of the original research, told local station WRAL-TV last week, that it was more than likely Winston had encountered the COVID-19 through environmental contamination from the surfaces in the home.
While good news for Winston looks bright, others haven’t been as fortunate as more animals around the world test positive for COVID-19. Back in March, a cat in Belgium, along with two dogs in Hong Kong reported all diagnosed positive. In New York, the Bronx Zoo’s three African lions, and five tigers tested positive as well.