Can mosquitoes carry COVID-19? Here’s what the experts say

As Memorial Day weekend quickly approaches, it’s easy to forget that summer is right around the corner due to current circumstances. The novel coronavirus has robbed most from enjoying the perks of spring and worrying what the summer months will look like with measures of social distancing continuing. The normal Memorial Day weekend plans — the backyard bonfire parties to the weekend spent at the beach — won’t be happening in most places despite quarantine fatigue.

While you try to figure out how to properly (and safely) celebrate the unofficial start of summer, you’ve probably started to realize some of summer’s worst pests — mosquitoes — have crept back into our lives. I was curious when I saw a mosquito crawling on my arm a few days ago. I let it walk slowly up my forearm because it wasn’t bothering me, but I started to wonder about the possibility of a mosquito carrying COVID-19. Mosquitos can carry many diseases such as the West Nile virus and for travelers the Zika virus and Malaria, but what about the coronavirus?

Rest assured: mosquitoes are not a threat.

“This virus is not spread by mosquitoes,” Dr. Amesh Adalja from Johns Hopkins University told NPR. “There are very select viruses that can be actually spread by mosquitoes. Remember, this is a respiratory virus. It doesn’t get picked up by mosquitoes in the blood, and it’s not transmitted from person to person by a mosquito. So, no, there’s no evidence that this spreads through mosquitoes.”

The World Health Organization squashed the myth as well.

“To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes,” WHO said. “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. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Also, avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.”