Coronavirus carried by houseflies

Date: 18,06,2021

Author: Aosion

Housefly transmission of coronavirus
Houseflies Musca domestica have been shown to acquire and harbour infectious SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus that causes COVID-19) in a 2021 study by Balaraman et al. The same study showed that houseflies were also able to mechanically transmit SARS-CoV-2 genomic RNA to the environment. It is noted that transmission of genomic RNA is not the same as being able to transmit the live virus to the environment. Furthermore, the transmission to the environment was only up to 24 hours after houseflies had been exposed to the coronavirus. Still, there is enough to warrant further studies regarding house fly transmission of coronavirus, whether it occurs naturally and what the potential public health implications could be. For those interested in insects, read on for a little more detail. For those who prefer rats, skip forwards to learn about rats and coronavirus.

Why did the researchers consider houseflies in the first place?
There are a few reasons. Coronavirus can be caught, by humans, through contact with contaminated ‘fomites’ (items, surfaces, – things we touch). There is a body of evidence showing that houseflies mechanically transfer pathogens (bacteria and viruses) to surfaces. Also, prior research determined the ability of houseflies to chanically transfer a type of turkey coronavirus. The potential is there, and it was time to examine the role of houseflies in the mechanical transfer of SARS-CoV-2. The authors had some important questions to answer – can houseflies acquire coronavirus, does the virus survive and is it then transferred to substrates and surfaces?

What methods did the scientists employ?
Houseflies were exposed to virus-spiked medium, or milk then tested for infectivity. The second part was to test environmental samples for infectivity after they had been exposed to virus-exposed flies.

Keep them away from your living enviroment
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to repel and keep them away from the human being living area without touch is an ideal way.
Aosion Multifunctonal Pest Repeller would help:
To keep unwanted housefly and other pests away from your living area.
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