Well, this is interesting. This preliminary study is showing hamsters may have actually transmitted covid to people in HK if this reporting is accurate: https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/...gtype=homepage
This study will appear in the The Lancet, but it has not been peer reviewed yet. I think I will wait for it to be peer reviewed, especially by other researchers around the world, before I consider that it has real merit.
Originally, I had my doubts that the hamsters in HK transmitted to people because the science out there previous to this study, did not really support that covid can be transmitted from animals to humans (thus, I also originally thought that the hamster cull by the HK government was also overkill, based on the science before this study). I would like to see this study on the hamsters go through more rigorous peer review, but I won't count out that it's impossible anymore.