With the onset of heat, as you know, blood-sucking mosquitoes and sticky mites come out to hunt. During the global coronavirus pandemic, people are afraid of insects with renewed vigor. However, are they really that dangerous?
Many people are very afraid of contracting a coronavirus infection. Some even had the idea that COVID-19 can be caught through the bite of a mosquito or tick, which actively appear in the spring-summer season.
It is no secret that the disease is transmitted by airborne droplets and contact, but so far no infection has been heard about infection through insects. The WHO and the CDC responded if there was a possibility of such a spread of the infection.
WHAT THE WHO SAYS
The World Health Organization decided to answer the question of concern to the population. According to the agency, at the moment there is no evidence that the new coronavirus can be transmitted by mosquitoes.
COVID-19 infection is a respiratory virus that is spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or nasal discharge.
WHAT THE CDC SAYS
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also explained information about whether mosquitoes or ticks can spread viruses. According to them, so far there is no evidence that COVID-19 or other similar coronaviruses (for example, SARS, MERS) are transmitted by mosquitoes or ticks.
The fact is that the transmission of a virus to a person from an insect is possible only if the virus itself multiplies inside a mosquito or tick. However, such cases have not yet been recorded, which means you should not be afraid.
However, a mosquito bite can really be dangerous. Experts in the field of medicine warn that, first of all, one should be wary of blood-sucking creatures that live in basements, on musty and neglected reservoirs. They can carry various kinds of infections. But those mosquitoes that are circling in a park or forest areas can only provoke irritation from a bite.
As for ticks, they are most often found in forests, in thickets of alder, hazel, raspberry and damp meadows. They are also dangerous to animals and humans, as they can transmit pathogens of certain diseases. Among these: Lyme disease (tick-borne borreliosis) or tick-borne encephalitis.
Be very careful when walking in nature. Try to wear as close clothes as possible so as not to pick up a tick. And most importantly, follow the measures to prevent infection and the spread of coronavirus.
So, wash your hands, use an antiseptic, wear a mask, protective gloves and try not to leave the house without a certain need. This is the only way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the possibility of contracting COVID-19.