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Is my runny nose coronavirus or a cold?

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COVID-19, the condition caused by the novel coronavirus, primarily affects the chest and lungs, most commonly causing fever and cough and, in more severe cases, shortness of breath. A cold is an upper respiratory infection and mainly affects the nose and sinuses.

While runny nose isn’t commonly seen in people with COVID-19, it’s possible.

If your symptoms are mainly in your nose, chances are you have the common cold or possibly allergies. However, because there is the chance that it could be coronavirus, it’s best to avoid contact with anyone else while you have any type of respiratory symptoms.

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on March 24, 2020
Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on March 24, 2020

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