Knowledge about SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 is accumulating at an astounding pace. Information about how this virus affects animals is still pretty sparse but is increasing. Keeping on top of all of the available data is important, so we can make decisions based on an understanding of the overall story, including the relative strengths and weaknesses of different pieces of information.

To help with doing just that, a group of experienced researchers (SYREAF) has put together a “living” systematic rapid review of the evidence of infection in and potential fomite transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from pets and livestock. A systematic review is a structured review of the literature. By collecting and analysing information in a structured fashion, systematic reviews avoid some of the biases that may be present in less structured literature reviews that may provide an incomplete assessment of the literature (or at worst may “cherry pick” the available papers that best fit the desired story). As a living review, it’s revised regularly as new information becomes available, so check back periodically for the latest updates.