Can a mosquito bite infect you with coronavirus?

An Anopheles stephensi mosquito obtains a blood meal from a human host through its pointed proboscis. (File photo: Reuters)

Mosquitoes are known to spread diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus and Zika. Many people wonder whether that also applies to the coronavirus.

“To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes,” says the WHO.

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“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.”

Mosquitos cannot transmit the disease because the COVID-19 virus does not widely circulate in the blood and is more predominant in the lungs and respiratory tract.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says: “At this time, CDC has no data to suggest that this new coronavirus or other similar coronaviruses are spread by mosquitoes or ticks. The main way that COVID-19 spreads is from person to person.”

So, while a mosquito bite may be a pesky nuisance, it at least won’t infect you with coronavirus which has infected more than 2.47 million people globally and claimed the lives of over 169,000.

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