Breaking News
More () »

Is it possible for mosquitoes to spread the coronavirus? Experts say it's highly unlikely

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus, while mosquitoes frequently carry & spread blood viruses.

CLEVELAND — As the number of coronavirus cases in Northeast Ohio continues to increase, we have been trying to answer as many of your questions as we can in our "Health Hub" segments with respected medical experts.

3News' Betsy Kling recently spoke with Dr. Tara C. Smith, a Professor of Epidemiology at Kent State University. We'll be posting the full conversation in a short time, but we did ask her one question that we've been getting A LOT: Can you contract the virus if you are bitten by a mosquito?

This theory really hasn't been tested yet, but according to Smith, it's highly unlikely. COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that can replicate in your nose, throat, and lungs. That's in contrast to the blood viruses mosquitoes frequently carry.

"They bite you [and] take a blood meal," Smith said. "As part of that, the virus (or in some cases a parasite like malaria) is what gets transmitted."

Dr. Heidi Gullet with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health agrees.

"At this point, it appears to be person-to-person spread through airborne," Dr. Gullet explained to Monica Robins. "Those would be on surfaces or droplets that we spread with each other through respiratory secretion. At this point we don’t feel this is vector-borne through a mosquito."

For that reason, keep practicing that key advice of washing your hands.

RELATED: If you were really sick in January, is it possible you already had the coronavirus? Infection control expert answers your questions

RELATED: Coronavirus & Ohio: The latest number of confirmed cases

RELATED: Where are the most coronavirus cases in Ohio? Check each county with this interactive map

RELATED: Sign up: 3News coronavirus e-mail newsletter

Before You Leave, Check This Out