Coronavirus: Can mosquitoes spread it?


According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), COVID-19 cannot be transferred through mosquito bites.

The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus. This means that it spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.

There are a couple of tips to prevent being infected with the coronavirus. The primary tips include keeping your hands clean with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub, as well as avoiding close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.

The fears arise from the fact that mosquitoes are one of the deadliest animals in the world. Mosquitoes acquire viruses when feeding on the blood of an infected person, subsequently infecting themselves. The virus then spreads to the salivary glands over a period of 8-12 days, and can then be delivered to other humans. This ability to carry and spread disease to humans causes millions of deaths every year.

The latest updates on the virus include Italy formally locking down more than a quarter of its population in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. The number of coronavirus cases in Malta total 3 at present.