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No evidence that skeeters can spread COVID-19

It’s nice to see springtime weather starting to hit, but with warmer weather comes mosquitoes. Do we have to worry about mosquitoes spreading the coronavirus when they bite someone who is infected?

— Worried in Medford

There’s plenty to worry about, Worried, but it doesn’t appear that mosquitoes should be keeping you up at night.

According to the World Health Organization, there is no evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes.

“The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose,” according to the WHO’s online Myth Busters page, which was created to address some of the rumors circulating about the disease.

For instance, “Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease,” the page says. And, no, electric hand dryers won’t kill the virus.

Somebody on the page asked whether ultraviolet light could kill the new coronavirus, but the WHO said, “UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin as UV radiation can cause skin irritation.”

To check up on whether all those COVID-19 remedies appearing on your Facebook feed are effective, go to the WHO page at www.who.int, click “Advice for the public,” and scroll down to “Myth Busters.”

Send questions to “Since You Asked,” Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@rosebudmedia.com. We’re sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.