Is It Coronavirus or Allergies?
The main warning signs of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, are 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.
Common signs of allergies include:
People sometimes call allergies "hay fever," but they don’t give you a fever.
Signs of COVID-19 include:
- Fever or chills
- Dry cough
- Trouble breathing
- Body or muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Gastrointestinal problems like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Skin rash
If you have any of these, especially a fever, call your doctor. 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 aren’t sure or if you haven’t been diagnosed with asthma, call your doctor or 911 right away.
Is Sneezing a Common Coronavirus Symptom?
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. Call your doctor if you have red eyes with other COVID-19 symptoms.
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. 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:
- Stay away from others.
- Wash your hands often.
- Visit public places like stores only when you have to, especially if you’re in an area with lots of cases.
- Wear a face mask when you go out.