Can COVID-19 Spread From Mosquito Bites?

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To all those reading, I am Big Homie, age 15. The project my dad gave me for the week was to find out the answer to a common asked question these days concerning the Coronavirus. In the following, I will share with you the conclusions to my research.

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when those annoying blood-sucking vampires come and feast on our blood. Sorry to sound so dire, but it’s the truth. Mosquitoes seem to just love annoying us by pricking us with their little mouth-needle and suck our blood. But now that we have a pandemic on our hands, this raises a question. Can the new coronavirus, COVID-19, spread through mosquitoes? To answer that question, I’ll be showing you the anatomy of a mosquito, and in the end, demonstrate how it can or can’t spread from mosquitoes.

The anatomy of a mosquito is simple. You have the head, thorax (or torso), and abdomen. The head has the mosquito’s eyes, antennae, and proboscis (it’s blood-sucking, mouth-needle). Thorax houses its wings and legs. And the abdomen houses it’s stomach. Does this make you wonder how they breathe? Mosquitoes do not have lungs like we do, so they breathe through tiny holes on both sides of their abdomen called spiracles. These spiracles spread oxygen throughout the mosquito’s body. Now that we know the anatomy of a mosquito, here are some facts about the COVID-19.

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COVID-19 is what is known as a respiratory virus, meaning people get infected with the virus by breathing it in through their mouth or nose, though it is possible to get the virus through your eyes. Examples of respiratory viruses include SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome), which are both part of the coronavirus family.

Now, to answer the question: Can COVID-19 spread from mosquito bites? The answer would be no, it cannot. Why, because, as I said above, mosquitoes do not have lungs! Therefore, they cannot inhale and exhale like we do, instead breathing through their spiracles. The World Health Organization (WHO) also posted on their website, has part of their “Myth Busters” page, saying that this new coronavirus cannot spread through mosquitoes.

While little is known about how COVID-19 jumped from animal to human, rest assured that you do not have to worry about getting the coronavirus if you get bit by a mosquito. Now, if you excuse me, I need to find a can of bug spray. Just because I cannot get the coronavirus from them, doesn’t mean I want to get bitten by one.

Big Homie’s TeachThemRight About…BUGS!

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Soon TeachThemRight.Me will be launching a new section about bugs. Written exclusively by 13-year old Big Homie, as he shares with you his passion for insects.

Since we moved to the desert a couple of years ago, Big Homie has become fascinated by the very creatures that make our skin crawl. I hope you enjoy his writing style and flavor, and by all means, feel free to challenge him and ask questions as it only makes him better!

Enjoy!

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Top 3 Most Painful Insect Stings

I bet most people in their lifetime has gotten stung by something. Whether it’s a bee or maybe an ant (yes, ants can sting), most people have been stung at least once. Fortunately for me, I have not yet. Now believe it or not, there is a sting out there 30 times more painful than a bee sting. This blog post is about the most painful bug stings in the world.

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3: Paper Wasp

The paper wasp gets its name from the nests they build that looks like it’s made out of paper. Paper wasps are not aggressive and will only attack if their nest is threatened. Like any wasp or bee, they eat nectar, but they also eat caterpillars, flies, and beetle larvae

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2: Tarantula Hawk

I can say I have seen one before and as they are plentiful where we live during the late spring and early summer. Even though they have a stinger about 7 mm long, you get distracted by how pretty this insect is with it’s nice orange wings and black head and body. With that look, how can you notice its stinger? Well, I suggest not to get too close to them unless you want to get stung, but some people do “play” with them. They are not that aggressive, but I’ll still keep my distance, just to be safe.

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1: Bullet Ant

Please for your own safety, stay away from this bug, unless you want to know what it’s like to be shot. Their sting not only feels like you’ve been shot, but the pain lasts for 24 hours. It still gets worse, when they sting you the venom from the sting attacks your central nervous system, the spot where you got stung will become temporally paralyzed.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and if you live somewhere near these bugs I wish you good luck!

-BigHomie

Top 3 Weirdest Insects

Everyone thinks bugs are gross and to some extent it’s true. I mean, come on, who wants to find a spider or bed bug in their bed? So, the reason for this blog post is not for you to get even more creeped out about bugs. It’s for you to understand that bugs may be ugly (definitely some on this list, I mean they have a face only its mother can love), but they help our environment. They help keep other bugs off crops and keep bugs like cockroaches and earwigs out of your kitchen. So bugs should both be respected or in some cases, stepped on and squished if it’s like a scorpion or a spider. I hope you understand and enjoy this blog post.

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3: Devil’s Flower Mantis

The devil’s flower mantis is one of the biggest mantises in the world. The reason it looks like it has an evil smile is to scare off or to distract a predator. It can see 180 degrees and has long antennae. It uses its antennae to detect chemicals, movement, and odors. When it sees prey coming, it will grab it with its legs then start to eat it. It usually eats flies, moths, butterflies, and beetles.

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2: Brazilian Treehopper

So first of all, you are probably wondering what in the world is that thing on its head. Well, to be honest nobody really knows what it is for. Some scientist believe it’s for if the bug meets a predator, it will be hard for them to eat it. Others believe that the balls on it’s head sense vibrations.

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1: Giant Weta

The giant weta is one of the biggest insects in the world. Its name actually means “god of ugly things”. They can be up to 4 inches and can weigh up to 2.5 oz. Even though it looks like it has the legs of a cricket, it actually can’t jump due to its weight. One of the weirdest things about this bug is that it has ears on its knees, they are right below the knee-joint. This insect is close to extinction thanks to humans who went to New Zealand and brought predators (like cat and rats) along with them. I hope you guys learned something and found this blog post interesting.

I hope you guys learned something and found this blog post interesting. Some people may have been disgusted by some of these bugs and I apologize if it made you want to throw up.

-BigHomie