1. Mice and Omicron: What you should know

JANUARY 07 2022 /

Mice and Omicron: What you should know

Did Omicron Come from Mice?

A strong relationship between the new variant of COVID-19 identified as Omicron and mice has been found!

Professor Kristian Andersen—an immunologist at the Scripps Research Institute in California—said that the virus that would become Omicron may have evolved in rodents.

The theory states that an animal may have picked up SARS-Cov-2, -the virus that causes COVID-19-, around mid-2020, and after accumulating many mutations in the animal, it would have passed to humans through what is referred to as reverse zoonosis.

In other words, the virus may have transferred from humans to mice and rats where it mutated and then was transferred back to humans around October 2021.

What happened in between these two periods is the mystery behind what has made Omicron so different. 

 

Can Mice and/or Rats give me Omicron or Covid?

Although the chances of being infected by a rodent are low, it is best to keep them far away from your home. Not only because of the danger related to the infections they can transmit and the bacteria they carry, but also the damage it can cause to your property. 

Talk to one of our experts now and get a free estimate that will keep your home free of rodents and 30 other pests at no additional cost.

 

Can My Pets Get Coronavirus (COVID-19) Or The Variants?

According to the CDC, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 is low. However, the virus can spread from humans to animals during close contact, so people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals, including pets, livestock, and wildlife.

 

How You Can Help Stop The Spread

Sanitize your home or business

Cleaning your home and/or business regularly using CDC guidelines for the best protection. If you’re a business owner with a large area to clean, getting a specialized disinfection service may be best as it will protect against numerous viruses that could be threatening your staff, customers, and/or business. 

Our disinfection services are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an effective treatment method to sanitize infected areas of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and bacterial infections.

 

*Please note that disinfectant services are only temporary and you should continue to follow CDC guidelines by getting vaccinated, wearing masks, and maintaining social distancing.