Laval researchers confirm there’s no COVID-19 in snow geese – Nunatsiaq News

11 June 2020

500 snow geese in southern Quebec were recently sampled

Snow geese do not carry the virus responsible for COVID-19, and hunting and eating these birds is safe, Laval University researchers say after their latest round of spring bird sampling.

While some coronaviruses can be carried by birds and mammals, that is not the case with COVID-19 in snow geese, their results show.

About 500 snow geese near Montmagny, 80 kilometres east of Quebec City, were sampled this spring for COVID-19 before the birds headed north at the end of May.

Researchers captured the snow geese, swabbed them to see if there was any of the virus responsible for COVID-19 in their oral secretions and also sampled their feces.

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