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Don't mistake seasonal allergies for COVID-19 symptoms

Last Updated May 22, 2020 at 11:20 am PDT

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Summary

Public Health Agency of Canada lists cough, fever and difficulty breathing among the most common symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms can also include sore throat, tiredness, headache, chills, aches and pains, and decreased sense of smell

People experiencing common seasonal allergies can have similar symptoms.

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — People experiencing common seasonal allergies can have similar symptoms to COVID-19.

The Public Health Agency of Canada lists cough, fever and difficulty breathing among the most common symptoms of the coronavirus. Symptoms can also include sore throat, tiredness, headache, chills, aches and pains, and decreased sense of smell, among others.

Meanwhile, people experiencing common seasonal allergies can have similar symptoms.

So, how can you tell the difference?

London Drugs pharmacist Gianni Del Negro spells it out.

“Things such as fevers, chills, cough, muscles aches, fatigure, that’s more specific to the flu or COVID,” Del Negro said. “Itchy, running eyes and nose are more common with allergy symptoms.”

Allergy symptoms can be milder, he adds.

“But they can be debilitating in some individuals.”

Reactions to allergies also vary from year to year, Del Negro said.

He also notes if you’re feeling any shortness of breath or having difficulty breathing, it’s time to consult a health care professional.