Can a Mosquito Spread Coronavirus?

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Can a Mosquito Spread Coronavirus?

Pesky bug season is back
Can a Mosquito Spread Coronavirus?

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Summer, for the most part, means sunshine and maybe even some summer travel after the coronavirus pandemic restrictions are slowly lifted in your area. But with warm temperatures could also come mosquitoes.

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Getting bit by the pesky bugs can not only be annoying, but mosquitoes could also carry certain viruses and parasites that cause severe illnesses, such as the West Nile virus. So what about COVID-19?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, mosquitoes cannot transmit the coronavirus. There is no clear evidence or data to suggest that this new virus can be transferred by a mosquito bite. The coronavirus is a respiratory virus that is mostly spread by droplets from an infected person’s coughs or sneezes, or through saliva and discharges from the nose.

Even though coronavirus cannot spread through mosquito bites, other precautions like washing hands often and wearing masks and gloves remain important to prevent the spread of the virus.

Other important measures include deep-cleaning your house. Some of the dirtiest places in your home are the places you probably don’t clean as often, such as your doorknob. Be sure to use CDC-approved cleaning products to help sanitize and prevent the spread of the virus.

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There are also ways to prevent the spread of the virus while taking care of a sick loved one.