It’s May and flowers are blooming, bees are pollinating, and you may notice that familiar layer of pollen on your back porch. In other words, allergy season is upon us! Seasonal allergies can lead to several uncomfortable symptoms such as sneezing, stuffy nose, itchy/watery eyes, headaches, coughing, etc. Allergies can also exacerbate pre-existing asthma which may cause difficulty breathing.
Unfortunately, this year, we are facing unprecedented circumstances. Allergy season is also occurring during a global pandemic. It’s a frightening time to feel sick! If you start experiencing cold-like symptoms, it’s understandable that your first thought might be: Do I have coronavirus?! Don’t panic. Talk to your healthcare provider.
Here are some key differences between seasonal allergies and the coronavirus:
It’s important to keep in mind that the onset of coronavirus is often relatively fast. Allergies typically progress slowly through the spring season. The primary difference to be aware of is fever. It’s very rare to have a fever with seasonal allergies. A report from the WHO indicates that around 88% of COVID-19 patients experienced a fever of some degree. If you have a fever, dry cough, fatigue, etc. then it’s important to seek medical attention as you may have contracted the Coronavirus.