Can ticks or mosquitoes spread the virus that causes coronavirus?

Apr 21

Can ticks or mosquitoes spread the virus that causes coronavirus?

With the summer season approaching, many have asked the question of whether mosquitoes and ticks can spread Coronavirus. The answer is NO.

 

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According to the World Health Organization, there is no evidence to prove that mosquitoes and ticks can spread COVID-19. There is also no evidence to support that they cannot spread it. This means that one must remain safe until scientists can find out the truth. It is not safe to assume things.

Facts about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus is caused by a newly discovered strain belonging to a class of Coronaviruses; the SARS-CoV-2. This virus is transmitted when an infected individual sneezes. The droplets containing the coronavirus are then transmitted to new hosts, who then get infected.

The virus is very infectious. It has covered the whole globe in just under four months since its discovery. The first case of Coronavirus was brought into mankind through animal-human transmission. Since then people have been asking about other animals that can spread coronavirus. 

Others have proceeded to ask if it can be transmitted by insects. Here are the answers;

Insects and Coronavirus: Can insects such as mosquitoes and ticks transmit COVID-19?

Entomologists and The World Health Organization don’t think so. 

 

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Ticks and mosquitoes are external parasites. They are known to be vectors of viruses and other disease-causing organisms. However, entomologists have suggested that SARS-CoV-2 may not even survive being digested by a mosquito. There is also no evidence that ticks and mosquitoes can transmit similar coronaviruses like SARS & MERS. 

 So it is highly unlikely that they can transmit the novel Coronavirus.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are probably the most dangerous insects in the world. They harbor many pathogens that present a tough challenge to cure. According to the WHO and CDC, mosquitoes have not shown any scientific evidence that they can spread the disease. 

 

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This doesn’t mean they cannot. Mosquitoes may be considered as potential Coronavirus vectors. It is therefore advisable to stay safe from mosquito bites until an answer is found.

Ticks

According to the director of The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (Goudarz Molaei), half of all ticks are infected with Lyme disease. They are also infected with other pathogens that can weaken one’s immune system; e.g harbor encephalitis. This pathogen single-handedly wiped out 150,000 in 2015 (Not in an outbreak though). 

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Ticks also harbor other pathogens that can remain in the shell for more than 15 years.

There is no scientific proof that ticks can transmit COVID-19. However, if one gets a tick-borne infection and catches Coronavirus, he/she may never recover.

 Don’t expose yourself to ticks at all costs. Summer is almost upon us and ticks will be all over. They are mostly present between April & September. This is also the time when most Lyme disease cases are recorded.

Staying safe

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Summer is almost here. It comes with warm temperatures and the perfect opportunity for ticks and mosquitoes to breed. Remember, we aren’t sure whether mosquitoes and ticks spread the virus or not. Therefore, we must stay safe until the answer is found.

You can use repellants and toxins (e.g) insecticides to kill these bugs. A 25-30% concentration repellant will cover you for up to 6 hours. 

 

 


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