Right now the coronavirus (COVID-19) is on everyone’s mind, with many countries following a lockdown procedure to reduce the spread of the virus. The mosquitoes spread by sucking the blood cause over half a million deaths each year and hundreds of millions of cases of severe illness.

Fact Check

The coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted by mosquito bites.

To date there has been no information nor any evidence to suggest that the coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquito bites. The coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs and sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or any discharge from the infected person nose. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand sanitiser or wash them with soap & water. Also, avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing around.

There is much more to learn about the coronavirus but based on current understandings, it’s highly unlikely a mosquito will pick up the virus by biting an infected person and again pass to human by biting.

Credit: Pennsylvania State University

But Yes mosquitoes can transmit other deadly viruses

Reason

Female mosquitoes needs nutrition contained in blood to help develop their eggs. Viruses take advantage of this biological requirement of mosquitoes to move from one host to another host. But for a mosquito to become infected, it first needs to bite an infected person or animal, such as a bird or kangaroo, or a person.

Mosquitoes can transmits other number of viruses, like dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya, Zika Virus. Mosquito also can transmit malaria, which is caused by a deadly parasite.

But they can’t transmit many other viruses, including Ebola & HIV.

For HIV, mosquitoes themselves don’t become infected. It’s actually unlikely a mosquito will pick up the virus when it bites another infected person due to the low concentrations of the HIV circulating in the blood.

For Ebola, even when scientists inject the virus into mosquitoes, they don’t become infected. One study collected tens of thousands of mosquito during an Ebola outbreak but found no virus at all in the blood.

But still Mosquito’s a big problem to our family

As previously mentioned, many countries across the globe have introduced a lockdown procedure to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, a lot of us are spending more time outdoors in our gardens, enjoying the warm weather, or even going for walks as part of the daily exercise allowance.

Although mosquitoes cannot spread the coronavirus, they are known vectors of several other harmful diseases. Unfortunately, these biting insects haven’t quite grasped social distancing yet, so you and your family members are still at risk of being infected by a mosquito bite.

Dengue alert

Mosquito-borne diseases

Dengue

Dengue is considered to be the most important mosquito-borne viral diseases worldwide due to its rapid spread in recent decades. For the most part it thrives in poor urban areas of the tropics and subtropics due to poor sanitation and the vast array of suitable breeding sites in India.

However, the Aedes mosquito, known transmitters of Dengue, are well adapted to the human environment and can breed in areas where there is better sanitation if vector control methods are neglected.

Fogging for Mosquito control
Fogging for Mosquito control
Malaria

Malaria is the deadliest mosquito-borne disease. In 2018 the WHO estimated that there were around 228 million cases of Malaria in 91 countries. Over 90% of cases occur in sub-Saharan Africa and more than two thirds of deaths are of children under 5.

The Anopheles species of mosquito is responsible for transmitting malaria. Each species of Anopheles has a distinct ecology and behaviour, which makes malaria vector control a more complex task than other mosquito-borne diseases.

Zika virus

Most people remember the Zika outbreak in 2015. However, this mosquito-borne disease was first identified in 1947. It is spread through the bites of infected Aedes mosquitoes but can also be transmitted from an infected pregnant mother to her foetus.

The outbreak in 2015, which resulted in 84 countries reporting cases of Zika by May 2017 showed the importance of an integrated approach in controlling an outbreak that should include integrated vector management, risk communication as well as health education and healthcare among other things.

Zika Testing
Zika Testing

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Reference material:

1. US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Frequently Asked Questions 14 April 2020 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html(Accessed 16 April 2020)
2 .WHO. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public. Myth busters 2020. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters(Accessed 16 April 2020)
3. WHYY public media organization. How bats, mosquitos, humans and other mammals factor into the coronavirus story. 27 March 2020. https://whyy.org/articles/how-bats-mosquitos-humans-and-other-mammals-factor-into-the-coronavirus-story/(Accessed 16 April 2020)