As if there was not enough to worry about in 2020, experts are warning Giles and surrounding counties 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 have 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.
Over time if Lyme disease is not treated, it can lead to severe symptoms that affect the heart, nervous system, and joints.
Reported illnesses have ranged from people with few to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.