Seasonal allergy symptoms differ from COVID-19 symptoms

2 months 5 days 18 hours ago Wednesday, April 01 2020 Apr 1, 2020 Wednesday, April 01, 2020 5:51:00 AM CDT April 01, 2020 in News
By: Caroline Dade, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - As the weather gets warmer and plants continue to bloom, season allergies will become more of an issue for many people. 

This is happening as government officials and health care professionals are encouraging everyone to monitor any symptoms or illnesses because of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Monitoring for coronavirus symptoms is more complicated because many of the symptoms are similar to other illnesses, particularly the flu. Flu season is winding down, but being exposed to the virus is still possible. Fever, headaches, body aches and fatigue are common for both viruses, but the illnesses don't share many symptoms with seasonal allergies. 

With seasonal allergies, symptoms often look similar to having a cold. Pollen causes runny or stuffy noses, sneezing and itchy eyes. 

MU Health Care posted a graphic to help people differentiate their symptoms. The graphic does not include seasonal allergy symptoms, but MU Health Care posted on Facebook saying, "The most common allergy symptoms … are rare in COVID-19 cases." 

If you experience any of the symptoms associated with the novel coronavirus, like a fever, shortness of breath or a cough, you should talk to a doctor to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. 



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