The pandemic coincides with a time of year that many suffer from seasonal allergies. It may be even harder to differentiate between allergies and the COVID-19 illness. Fortunately, several key symptoms can help you tell the difference between allergies and coronavirus.
Symptoms of COVID-19 vary in severity. These can include flu-like symptoms such as:
- shaking chills,
- loss of sense of smell (anosmia) or taste (ageusia),
- muscle pain,
- difficulty breathing, and
- shortness of breath.
On occasion, people may also have signs and symptoms that include diarrhea, a sore throat, a stuffy or runny nose, and body aches and pains.
One of the biggest differentiators is fever.
According to the WHO, some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. These people can still transmit the virus to those around them, even if they don’t feel ill.
On the other hand, allergies are caused by a response in the immune system and are not contagious. Medications can treat your symptoms, and immunotherapy can help those with allergies find relief.
Allergy symptoms include:
- itching of watery and itchy eyes,
- ear congestion,
- itchy sinuses, throat, or ear canals,
- runny or stuffy nose,
- postnasal drainage, and
Allergy symptoms don’t typically include fever, sore throat, or achiness, which have been reported in individuals infected with coronavirus.
Cough is a common symptom of COVID-19, which can also be present in some patients with allergies.
If you are sneezing but do not have fever, achiness, or sore throat, it is more likely that you are experiencing allergy symptoms.
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