As summer ends and fall begins, so does a new wave of allergy season. COVID-19 cases have also been on the rise again. With so much going around, it can leave us with a big question.
How do I know if I have symptoms of COVID or just allergies?
Seasonal allergies and Coronavirus share many of the same symptoms, however, there are several differences. More severe symptoms such as fever, chills, and sweating are more common with COVID-19. Symptoms such as shortness of breath and difficulty breathing is less common in allergies unless the person has a pre-existing respiratory condition that can be triggered by the exposure of pollen, such as asthma.
Symptoms of Both COVID-19 & Allergies
- Runny or Congested Nose
- Sore Throat
- Difficulty Breathing
Additional Symptoms of Allergies
- Sneezing/Itching Nose
- Wheezing, shortness of breath, cough
- Red/Watery Eyes
Symptoms of COVID-19
- Fever & Chills
- Muscle/Body Aches
- New loss of Taste/Smell
- Sore Throat
- Runny Nose
When to get emergency medical attention
- Trouble Breathing
- Pain/pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to stay awake or waking up
Don’t forget to practice social distancing and other health and safety measures to protect you and your loved ones. Wear a non-medical face mask when you are in public, consider using gloves when you are shopping and using public transport, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently throughout the day.
It is essential to take the proper precautions towards protecting yourself from both allergies and Coronavirus. There may be an increased risk of accidental exposure to Coronavirus with more people cough and sneeze from allergies. Using proper social distancing and safety measures such as wearing a face masks, using gloves and sanitizer will help protect against the spread of COVID-19 and should be used when in public.