Why Companion Animals Are Beneficial During COVID-19 Pandemic

J Patient Exp. 2020 Aug;7(4):430-432. doi: 10.1177/2374373520938904. Epub 2020 Jul 7.


Companion animals and pets can be helpful during the novel coronavirus-19 pandemic. Interactions with them and positive physical contact lead to a variety of physiological and psychological benefits. It also releases biochemicals which can further boost the immune system and enhance health and well-being. This perspective discusses the benefits of these interactions, the modes of interactions and the activities that can be used. It also highlights the individuals that should avoid this approach and the status of the animal's health before engaging with them.

Keywords: COVID-19; behavioral health; health; patient/relationship centered skills; population; relationships in healthcare.

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  • Review