As spring approaches, a pressing question has come to the minds of many kids: “Can the Easter bunny get COVID-19?” or “Can Easter bunny eggs spread COVID-19?”
Fortunately, the answer is no. Easter bunnies are safe from this virus and kids don’t have to worry about whatever the Easter bunny leaves behind.
Based on what we know to date, “regular” rabbits aren’t very susceptible to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Some types of rabbits can be infected with SARS-CoV-2 experimentally, but they don’t seem to get sick and they only shed low levels of virus. So, even a regular rabbit that was infected probably poses little to no risk. (Don’t worry kids, no one’s going to try that with the Easter bunny.)
Furthermore, as we all know, the Easter bunnies have inherent magical properties that protect them from various problems (e.g. nosy household dogs). Their elusive nature (have you actually ever seen an Easter bunny depositing its wares?) and strategic placement of gifts in empty rooms mean the Easter bunny is following our “3 Cs approach to COVID-19 control,” that is avoiding closed spaces, close contact and crowded settings. And maybe the Easter bunny wears a mask too? We’ll probably never know for sure…
Don’t be afraid of the Easter bunny.
Don’t worry about what the Easter bunny leaves behind
No, you don’t need to disinfect Easter eggs.
The biggest risk from the Easter bunny is when the family dog finds all that chocolate first (yes, I am speaking from personal experience). That has nothing to do with COVID-19.