With allergy season coinciding with the global pandemic, it bears repeating that we should all consider the similarities and differences between the symptoms for the two afflictions. Before you run off to be tested, consider which symptoms go with with which illness. Let’s list the symptoms of each and those they have in common (data courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control):
- Symptoms more common of COVID-19
- New loss of taste or smell
- Fever and chills
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle and body aches
- Symptoms more common of seasonal allergies
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Symptoms common of both:
- Congestion or runny nose
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
If you are showing signs of a fever, shortness of breath, coughing or headache, you should be seen by a physician to see if you require testing. Older adults or people who have severe underlying chronic conditions like heart or lung disease, diabetes seem to be at a higher risk. Please do not hesitate to see a doctor.
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