80% of deer in Iowa tested positive for coronavirus. The good news is that it can’t be passed to humans from animals.
Researchers found COVID-19 antibodies in deerskin samples which led them to the discovery.
Deer are safe to eat as long as it’s cooked to an appropriate temperature, the Iowa DNR says. The DNR suggests using extra caution like wearing gloves or a mask to harvest the deer, and testing the deer for CWD before consuming it.