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Are Insects the Future Vectors of COVID-19?


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1 Department of Zoology, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221 005, India
 

Insects are affected by a diverse combination of viruses. Majority of the viruses affecting insects are hostspecific and non-pathogenic to humans. While blood-sucking insects do not transmit COVID-19, those feeding on human and animal wastes like houseflies and cockroaches may be capable of transmitting SARSCoV- 2 coronavirus. However, studies monitoring adhesion capacity, permanence and active dissemination of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in houseflies and cockroaches are yet to be assessed. Further studies are needed to explore the transmission and pathogenicity mechanism of COVID-19 by different insect vectors.
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Bhupendra Kumar
Department of Zoology, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221 005, India

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Insects are affected by a diverse combination of viruses. Majority of the viruses affecting insects are hostspecific and non-pathogenic to humans. While blood-sucking insects do not transmit COVID-19, those feeding on human and animal wastes like houseflies and cockroaches may be capable of transmitting SARSCoV- 2 coronavirus. However, studies monitoring adhesion capacity, permanence and active dissemination of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in houseflies and cockroaches are yet to be assessed. Further studies are needed to explore the transmission and pathogenicity mechanism of COVID-19 by different insect vectors.


DOI: https://doi.org/10.18520/cs%2Fv119%2Fi12%2F1894-1894