COVID-19 or Allergies?

Allergies or Covid?
How Do I Know If I Have Covid or Allergies?

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

Symptoms of Covid-19 & Allergies
  • Fever/Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Runny or Congested Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Difficulty Breathing

Additional Symptoms of Allergies

  • Sneezing/Itching Nose
  • Wheezing, shortness of breath, cough
  • Red/Watery Eyes
  • Hives

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Fever & Chills
  • Muscle/Body Aches
  • New loss of Taste/Smell
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion
  • Runny Nose

When to get emergency medical attention

  • Trouble Breathing
  • Pain/pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to stay awake or waking up

Staying Safe

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.


Keeping Up To Date with Covid-19

With temperatures rising, restrictions have been changing to allow for more shops to open up and restaurants to have higher capacities. We are all ready to embrace a healthy life this summer. Many people have started to dismiss advisories that request people wear masks and continue to maintain a distance, while many are concerned that this could kick-start a new wave. But what is the updated risk?

While the daily average of confirmed cases is getting consistently lower throughout Canada and many other parts of the world, the risk of covid-19 is still present almost everywhere.

Covid-19 Updates for Canada as of July 5th

Here is a summary of covid-19 cases across Canada as of July 5th, 2020.

Canada – Total Active: 27,612 New Cases: 219
Globally – 191,857 New Caes

Ontario- 138 New Cases – Total Active: 1839
Quebec – 79 New Cases – Total Active: 24,943
PEI – New 2 – Total Active: 5
Manitoba – Total Active:16
Saskatchewan – Total Active: 71
British Columbia – Total Active: 162
New Brunswick – Total Active:1
Nova Scotia – Total Active:3
Newfoundland and Labrador – Total Active: 0
Yukon – 0 Active
Northwest Territories – 0 Active
Nunavut – 0 Confirmed

Globally there are over 4 million active cases, with a total of over 11 million confirmed.

The United States is still averaging from 20,000 – 40,000 and up to 300 deaths each day.

We have seen significant improvement in comparisons to the thousands reported daily in the beginning weeks of the pandemic. Covid-19 continues to be a severe health risk, and we should all continue to practice social distancing measures and follow health and safety advisories.

Please continue to wear a mask and wash your hands and use hand sanitizer frequently. If you have symptoms or have been in contact with a confirmed case of covid-19, health authorities still advise that people continue to get tested and quarantined for 14 days.

Stay safe; we are overcoming this together.