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Surveys show that most pet owners are convinced that living with companion animals improves their mental health and psychological well-being. However, many research reports have found that the mental health of pet owners is not measurably better than that of people without a pet. The isolation and stress associated with COVID lockdowns afforded investigators an opportunity to test this "pet effect paradox." Contrary to conventional wisdom, a large majority of studies found pets have little or no impact on human mental health during pandemics.