Coronavirus is on every newspaper cover these days and pet owners in China are taking novel approaches to protect their beloved pals from the illness.
By, 15 Feb 2020
The origins of the outbreak
While Coronavirus may be making headlines across the globe, the worst hit is China, where the illness is thought to have originated.
While parts of China are still in lockdown and mass events and gatherings are cancelled, pet owners are taking their own approach to protection for their four-legged friends.
A well-loved kitty
Photos have emerged this week of an adorable black and white cat wearing a human-sized face mask as she heads out. Her owners have poked eye holes so that the little moggy can still see where she's going!
It's important to point out that the World Health Organisation (WHO) have said there's no evidence to suggest that pets can be infected by the virus and this seems to be a case of a pet owner taking additional precautions.
She's not the only one though and other photos have emerged of concerned pet owners protecting their pets in adorable ways.
Pet mask sales sky high
This seems to be the case across China and sales of pet masks reportedly rocketing.
There's still an awful lot that scientists don't know about the virus and the chance of contracting it outside of certain hotspots is very low. Current advice is to use a hanky to catch coughs and sneezes and use hand sanitiser regularly when out in public.
We're not ordering our four-legged pals masks just yet but we're always happy to see cute pics of pets who are clearly very well loved.