Plus, find out what other illness mosquitos can carry.

By Kelly Vaughan
July 15, 2020
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Each week, we're learning more and more about how to stay safe in light of the coronavirus pandemic. From washing our hands to wearing face masks in public, certain behaviors have become the norm. Now with longer, warmer days spent outside, experts are explaining whether or not mosquitoessummer's peskiest insect—can carry and transmit coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there has been "no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes."

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"Some mosquitoes carry one kind of virus preferentially over another, but there's absolutely no evidence that you can either infect them with coronavirus or that they transmit it," Lawrence Stanberry, director of the programs in global health at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, tells TODAY. He added that researchers have tried—and failed—to infect mosquitoes with coronavirus, which proves that there's no evidence that they can transmit it.

Although mosquitoes can't transmit coronavirus, they can carry other illnesses like West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis, Zika, and dengue fever. "Mosquitoes can transmit a variety of infectious diseases in the United States," Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, and an infectious disease physician told TODAY. "They often get neglected until there's an issue because they don't often make the headlines. It's important that communities think about mosquito control even when there's not some big outbreak because these threats don't disappear."

To protect yourself from COVID-19, WHO advises disinfecting your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or washing them with soap and hot water for at least twenty seconds. Avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing and always wear face masks in public.

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