Can I Catch the Corona Virus or Influenza from a Mosquito?

Author: Mosquito Squad of Southeastern Massachusetts

Absolutely Not!!

Tony Romm wrote an article in the Washington Post on January 27th, highlighting how social media giants Facebook and Twitter were “scrambling” to avoid the flood of false information concerning the Corona Virus (COVID-19). You can imagine how almost two months later; the myths have been spreading. We want to make a point to bust the myths about Corona, Influenza, and mosquitoes. Avoiding mosquitoes is very important but it’s equally as important to do it for the right reasons.

Mosquitoes Don’t Transmit the Corona Virus

“The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.” – World Health Organization

The World Health Organization states it as a fact that COVID-19 cannot be transmitted through mosquito bites. Influenza is a virus transmitted in the same way. The best defense from both COVID-19 and Influenza is regular hand washing, avoiding contact with sick people, good respiratory hygiene, and trying not to touch your own eyes, nose, and mouth. 

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The CDC Confirms Mosquitoes Don’t Transmit COVID-19

The CDC also describes the coronavirus as spread person-to-person, through respiratory droplets produced from coughs and sneezes. The CDC describes the spread of influenza in the exact same manner. Their suggestions for the defense of corona and the flu are the same as those of the World Health Organization.

From the leading source of information for the pest control industry, Pest Control Technology Online confirms that mosquitoes do not spread the coronavirus. Protection from the corona virus is important and best when we completely understand how to protect ourselves. From all the trusted information that is out there the best you can do is to pay close attention to hygiene and stay away from those that may be sick.

Consider Your Sources

It’s important to watch the news and understand how to protect ourselves from viruses such as corona and influenza as they pop up each year. It is also extremely important to be sure that the information we take in is factual. Trusted sites such as those of the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control are the best source for finding health information rather than random social media posts. Just because there are large volumes of information out there doesn’t mean it’s all factual information from trusted professionals.

Don’t Forget About Mosquito-Borne Diseases

As we bust this myth about mosquitoes and the coronavirus, let’s not make light of the fact that mosquitoes can still carry serious illnesses. As the weather begins to warm, it’s best to begin your professional mosquito control early. Preventing mosquito bites is the best method for preventing mosquito-borne disease. Call Mosquito Squad today and schedule your first mosquito barrier treatment… and don’t forget to wash your hands.