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Can Mosquitoes Spread the Coronavirus?



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Can mosquitoes spread the coronavirus?

No. While mosquitoes can spread some diseases, most notably malaria and West Nile, experts say COVID-19 is not among them.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it has no data to suggest the coronavirus is spread by either mosquitoes or ticks. COVID-19 is mainly spread from person to person through droplets people spray when they talk, cough, or sneeze. And, the World Health Organization says a mosquito bite won’t give you the virus.

But why not, if mosquitoes can transmit other diseases?

A recent study offers an explanation. Researchers say the virus would have to infect the mosquito and multiply inside of it in order for the mosquito to pass it on to people. That failed to happen when researchers injected three species of mosquitoes with the virus.


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