Is It Coronavirus or Allergies?
Some of the main symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, fatigue, and a dry cough. Sometimes, it also causes cold-like symptoms like a runny nose. During allergy season, it may be hard to tell the difference between COVID-19 and allergies.
The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. The approved vaccines not only help prevent you from getting COVID-19, they also prevent you from getting seriously ill or dying if you do still get the virus. Check the CDC website to make sure that you are up to date on your vaccine and booster shots.
Common signs of allergies include:
People sometimes call allergies "hay fever," but they don’t give you a fever.
Possible signs of COVID-19 can include:
If you have any of these, call your doctor. Get emergency help right away if you have trouble breathing. If you get allergies every year, watch for symptoms that are different from what you’ve had before.
Severe allergies can make you can feel tightness in your chest and shortness of breath, especially if you have asthma, too. But these can also be serious symptoms of COVID-19. If you have any of these, call 911 right away.
Is Sneezing a Common Coronavirus Symptom?
As the coronavirus variants evolved, so have the symptoms. Now, sneezing is a more common symptom of COVID-19. And sneezing can spread COVID-19 as well as other viruses like flu and cold. That’s why if you do sneeze, it’s important to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue to keep the virus from spreading. Wash your hands right away.
Are My Red Eyes Allergies or Coronavirus?
Only about 1% to 3% of people with COVID-19 will have pinkeye. If you notice that your eyes are red, the odds are that it’s not because of the coronavirus. Check with your doctor to find out the cause.
Can You Have Allergies and Coronavirus?
You can have allergies and a viral infection at the same time. If you have classic allergy signs like itchy eyes and a runny nose along with COVID-19 symptoms like fatigue and a fever, call your doctor.
How to Treat Allergies During a Pandemic
If you have trouble finding them, or if you need something stronger like corticosteroids, call your doctor. They may be able to prescribe something over the phone or have a telehealth visit with you. Some pharmacies deliver medications.
When social distancing or stay-at-home rules are in effect, always follow the COVID-19 safety steps recommended by public health officials: