with all the information I can find out the answer is no at the moment but like any animal the virus can be carried on there bodies so it needs to be treated as a soft surface. from the information I have found it can live on some soft surfaces for 9 hours to one and a half days to be safe. what is worrying me is that this virus can last up to nine days on some surfaces. @MJGB - MikeJenGaryBeckyBoo the article you posted is of a different virus also known as bird flue and not the strain covid-19
Thanks for the replies but have now found the answer on the vets now site(previously western exotics. They have a section on domestic pets and confirm that parrots are not susceptible.
Well thats good to know, there havent been any cases reported in this area but it really made me think about how to shop carefully and how easy it could be to transfer a virus on packaging and how many hands it could have come into contact with !
Regular hand washing should be common practise when you own parrots IMHO. Unfortunately through the generations sensible hygiene practises have been lost and this spreads more viruses, germs and diseases. The first thing I do when I come home is wash my hands. BTW one of the dirtiest places and least expected is the supermarket.
I agree supermarkets and their trolley yuk, you can feel grime on the handle, I've used the hand gel for years anyway. my daughter takes antibac wipes to wipe her trolley handle before she uses it, Many folk are negligent over proper hand washing that's for sure.
Al fruits etc get washed here and even the so called ready washed bagged salads too.
there are studies going on in both china and Australia regarding or pets, as far as they have been able to study and test, Cats and birds do not get the virus but it can be carried on there fur and feathers for up to four days;
The virus is able to survive and infect for three days on many things. People should know to never allow their parrots near their mouths anyway as this is a way to make them sick. Probably best to not eat if they are on you as I have had one try and pinch some food from my mouth "what's yours should be mine too".
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.
E.g. MERS and SARS are also under the title of corona virus there is a canine and also a feline specific corona virus. Covid19 the name given to the latest mutation is apparently similar to SARS so could be a mutation of that particular virus.
Experts from the University of Illinos College of Veterinary Medicine provide answers to questions pet owners have about the new coronavirus, COVID-19.
This above link tells you why a dog tested positive in Hong Kong the dog didn't have it the owner was shedding the virus and the dog tested positive as it was breathing it in so when swabbed virus present in mucous in nose basically.