What Could Go Wrong? Lab Workers Inject Mosquitoes With Coronavirus

Do you trust the judgment of scientists who would inject the world’s deadliest animal, the mosquito, with a virus that has spread to every contintent, killing hundreds of thousands? Comment below. 

Scientists ask, ‘can mosquitoes spread the coronavirus?’ So they inject them with the virus just to check. 

Aug 25, 2020

AP – While mosquitoes can spread some diseases, most notably malaria, experts say COVID-19 is not among them.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it has no data to suggest the coronavirus is spread by either mosquitoes or ticks. COVID-19 is mainly spread from person to person through droplets people spray when they talk, cough or sneeze.

And the World Health Organization says a mosquito bite won’t give you the virus.

But why not, if mosquitoes can transmit other diseases? A recent study offers an explanation.

Researchers say the virus would have to infect the mosquito and multiply inside of it in order for the mosquito to pass it on to people.

That failed to happen when researchers injected three species of mosquitoes with the virus.
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Research into dangerous viruses and bacteria is important, but for the deadliest pathogens, it’s not clear the benefits are worth the risks.

Vox, Mar 20, 2019 – All over the world, bio research labs handle deadly pathogens, some with the potential to cause a pandemic. Sometimes, researchers make pathogens even deadlier in the course of their research (as Science Magazine reported last month, the US government just approved two such experiments after years of keeping them on hold) … Read more. 

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Do you trust the judgment of scientists who would inject the world’s deadliest animal, the mosquito, with a virus that has spread to every contintent, killing hundreds of thousands? Comment below. 

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