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Can Mosquitoes Spread COVID-19? What Experts Want You to Know Ahead of Summer


The annoying insects don’t spread the coronavirus, but they can transmit other diseases.

  • Mosquitoes do not spread the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization.
  • However, the insects can transmit other illnesses, including West Nile virus.
  • The best way to prevent COVID-19 transmission is to get vaccinated and continue practicing safety measures like hand-washing and masking when necessary.


As more and more Americans receive the three approved COVID-19 vaccines, confirmed cases continue to drop alongside fears of disease transmission. While there’s still a long way to go before the pandemic is officially over, the U.S. is finally approaching a new sense of normalcy. At the time of publication, more than 60% of adults have received at least one vaccination, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


But now that summer is (unofficially) here, you should keep another risk on your radar: bugs, especially those that carry and transmit diseases. Mosquito season is officially in full swing, and besides those annoying, itchy bites, mosquitoes can pass on illnesses like West Nile virus.


But does that mean the buzzing insects also carry and spread the coronavirus that causes COVID-19? Ahead, an expert sets the record straight. Find the complete article written by Jake Smith here.

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May 5, 2022

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