Experts fear bad tick season amid coronavirus pandemic

FILE – This March 2002 file photo shows a deer tick under a microscope in the entomology lab at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown, R.I. On Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a record number of tick-borne diseases _ more than 59,000 _ were reported in 2017. It’s a 22 percent increase from the number reported the year before. (AP Photo/Victoria Arocho, File)

DALLAS (NEXSTAR) — As if there wasn’t enough to worry about in 2020, experts are warning about a potentially bad tick season.

The Lyme Disease Research Group reports a mild winter could mean an especially rough time for ticks.

Medical experts fear that many people who’ve been stuck inside due to coronavirus may “let their guard down” once they’re able to venture outdoors and not pay attention to tick bite prevention.

Some symptoms of Lyme disease are very similar to the symptoms of COVID-19, according to medical professionals. Ticks can carry Lyme and other dangerous diseases that can be severe if not treated properly.  (See link for story)



Again, ticks virtually laugh at the weather.  They are impervious to it. They find leaf litter and snow to hide under if the weather becomes harsh:

The article states that Pennsylvania has seen an increase in ER visits related to tick bites. I pray they are immediately treating these people prophylactically.  Everyone admits that early diagnosis and treatment is essential, yet so many still take a “wait and see” approach.

Trust me when I say you don’t want this to develop into a chronic condition.  The risks of using antibiotics for a short time are nothing compared to a potential life-time of pain and expense.

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