Editor's note

In this time of isolation, pets can be a welcome source of companionship and love. But scientists believe the new coronavirus jumped from an animal to humans. Plenty of people are wondering: Can my cat or dog get me sick?

The research suggests probably not. Michigan State veterinary epidemiologist Annette O’Connor teamed up with two colleagues to answer questions about the complicated science of pets and the new coronavirus.

Daniel Merino

Junior Editor: Science, Health, Environment

Our pets are always close at hand. Are they at risk during the pandemic? Mayte Torres/Moment via Getty Images

Can your pets get coronavirus, and can you catch it from them?

Annette O'Connor, Michigan State University; Jan Sargeant, University of Guelph; Sarah Totton, University of Guelph

Both cats and dogs can become infected with the coronavirus. The chances of them getting sick or passing it on to you or another animal are extremely low.

The first Earth Day in 1972 spurred other countries to support global environmental action. Callista Images/Getty

The first Earth Day was a shot heard around the world

Maria Ivanova, University of Massachusetts Boston

April 22, 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which catalyzed action to protect the environment not just in the US but internationally.

Who should get the groceries? Alex Potemkin/iStock / Getty Images Plus

A philosopher answers everyday moral dilemmas in a time of coronavirus

Lee McIntyre, Boston University

In these times of fear and uncertainty, many of us face daily decisions regarding the right thing to do. An ethicist offers guidance on how to think through them.