In March of 2020, the onset of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic left many people wanting answers. Why does it spread so quickly? How is it transmitted? What are the odds of contracting a severe case of the virus?
We are all more informed two years later, but anxieties over who or what else could be a carrier causing a mass outbreak still linger.
Mosquitoes are known to carry viruses. Zika, West Nile, Chikungunya, dengue and malaria are viruses known to pass through mosquitoes. It’s easy to jump to conclusions and assume this is true for all viruses.
Luckily, this is not the case!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no current data to support that mosquitoes can spread COVID-19. For a virus to pass to a person through a mosquito, the virus must be able to replicate inside the insect.
“COVID-19 cannot be transmitted by mosquitoes or other blood-feeding arthropods (ticks). This includes other coronaviruses such as SARS and MERS,” said entomologist Dr. Kevin Chan. “Currently, arboviruses that mosquitoes can transmit are limited to about 5 virus families. Coronaviridae is not one of those families.”
Both the World Health Foundation (WHO) and the CDC have released information regarding the transmission of the coronavirus from insect to human. For more information on COVID-19 and keeping your home safe, please visit: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters.
The Mosquito Squad are not doctors. The information provided above comes from reputable resources, like the CDC and WHO. If you feel like you have been exposed to COVID-19, contact a health care provider immediately. For all questions pertaining to mosquitoes, please visit our website.