1. A new research has revealed that people who have had a pet during this pandemic have felt less stressed and lonely than people who didn’t have any pets.
2. This is according to a survey conducted by researchers at the University of York involving around 6,000 UK citizens where they were trying to understand how people coped with lockdown measures during the initial days of the pandemic.
3. Lead researcher Dr. Elena Ratschen reveals that people who owned an animal companion showed better mental health than those who didn’t have any pets.
4. Nearly 96 percent of individuals revealed that the pet helped them stay fit and active during the lockdown.
5. The survey also revealed that people were more concerned about their pets and their wellbeing in the COVID-19 world with added restrictions (like walking the dog or taking to vet) or who would take care of them when the owners fell ill.