Question: Can mosquitoes or ticks spread coronavirus?

WNYT Staff
Updated: April 17, 2020 07:46 AM
Created: April 17, 2020 05:16 AM

While you are being urged to avoid people during this outbreak, you're also being urged to stay active.

Many people have been asking about mosquitoes and ticks. Can either give you coronavirus if they bite you?


NewsChannel 13’s sister station WHEC asked health experts to weigh in.

"That's a very good question and it has a pretty clear answer and that's no because the virus is a respiratory virus and really does not enter the bloodstream. As such, the insect should not be able, when it sucks the blood, to get it out of the bloodstream. So we do not consider that a concern," said Dr. Anja Bottler, an infectious disease specialist at Rochester Regional Health.

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