Rumors about mosquitoes carrying COVID-19 have been spreading for several days now. But, although this hypothesis doesn't seem all that farfetched, is there any truth to it?
Honestly, who likes mosquitoes anyway? Aside from leaving us with nasty, itchy pimples, mosquitoes can also spread diseases like dengue and malaria. So, it's easy (not to mention convenient) to accuse them of spreading coronavirus... except they don't!
Rumour has it the tiger mosquito, which is black and white in colour, can spread COVID-19 to humans. Fake news. Mosquitoes bite humans to take their blood and feed their offspring with it. It would, therefore, be necessary for the virus to be transmitted through blood, as is the case with chikungunya, for the mosquito to be a coronavirus carrier.
Scientists all agree that coronavirus is spread through the respiratory tract or by touching contaminated surfaces, not through blood.
How can you protect yourself from tiger mosquitoes?
Although it has been proven that this particular mosquito cannot transmit the coronavirus to us, you should still lookout for it. How?
- Avoid using scented cosmetics (perfume, scented deodorant, creams, etc.). Sweet smells seem to attract mosquitoes.
- Cover your arms and legs with loose clothing to avoid getting bitten.
- Add fabric softener with mosquito repellent to your laundry loads.
- Use fragrant plants such as lemongrass, geraniums, basil, and lavender to scare them away.
Follow these 4 tips, and you'll be all set to avoid those nasty mosquito bites!