Can mosquitoes spread the coronavirus? Here’s what experts say

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Updated: August 25, 2020 2:15 PM

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says it has no data to suggest the coronavirus is spread by either mosquitoes or ticks.

mosquitoes, mosquitoes spread, COVID-19, World Health Organisation, covid 10 pandemic,malaria spread, latest news on malariaResearchers 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.

Can mosquitoes spread the coronavirus? No. While mosquitoes can spread some diseases, most notably malaria, experts say COVID-19 is not among them.

The US Centres 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 Organisation 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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