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2020 is a really challenging year! During this time, we have learned that the human race is not invincible, saw dramatic changes in our day-to-day life and struggle with the difference between covid-19 and allergies. Strict restrictions including lockdowns, social distancing measurements, self-isolation solution were put in place around the world to try and stop the spread of coronavirus and limit the number of deaths.

People were trained to look out for the symptoms of this new disease and take extra precautions to limit the spread and save a life. However, that doesn’t stop it being difficult in spotting the difference between Covid-19 and allergies. All these measurements came with a big cost limiting our freedom and causing a lot of financial and social problems around the world, but we know that if we will do our part together, we will get through that.

Millions of allergies sufferers around the world are trying to look out for the symptoms but found it difficult to distinguish the symptoms of COVID-19 and allergies. Today we are here to give some more information about the difference in symptoms and what you need to keep in mind when you are looking for COVID-19 symptoms. We are providing you with a table that you can consult to see what type of symptoms you are experiencing. Remember we are in it together and we will get through that stronger than ever.

Allergies can occur seasonally or be present year-long including mild to severe symptoms. Allergies symptoms happen partly because inflammations caused by your immune system overreacting to pollen, dust, mould, pet dander and are not contagious.

Common allergies symptoms include:

Sneezing, running nose, itchy or watery eyes, itchy nose or ears, mild fatigue, congestion, and mild sore throat.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a viral illness spread through droplets via coughing, sneezing, and close personal contact. Symptoms typically start between 2-14 days after exposure and they can be mild, moderate, or severe. The main warning signs of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, are feverfatigue, and a dry cough.

Common COVID-19 symptoms include:

Fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, intense fatigue, body aches, loss of smell.

KEY FACTS:

  • Itching and constant sneezing are clear symptoms of allergies and not a viral infection as COVID-19
  • Fever is not a symptom of allergy it is typically associated with viral infection as COVID-19. So, in this case, don’t delay and speak to your GP and get a test for COVID-19, this will prevent to spread the spread of the disease and safe life.
  • Allergies symptoms can be treated using medication bought over the counter.

 

Symptoms Allergies COVID-19
Body aches Rare Positive
Chills No Positive
Fever No Positive
Headache Sometimes Sometimes
Nasal Congestion Positive Rare
Running nose Positive Rare
Sneezing Positive Rare
Itchy/watery eyes Positive No
Dry cough Sometimes Positive
Shortness of breath Sometimes Positive
Wheezing Sometimes Rare
Loss of smell Mild Positive
Sore Throat Sometimes Sometimes
Nausea, vomiting No Sometimes

 

Written by Dr Enzo Fornari, trained as Pharmaceutical Biotechnologist, with PhD qualification in Biophysics and surface analysis. Dr Enzo is employed by Healthy Stuff as a Scientific Researcher: validating our tests, researching new testing methods and ensuring best practice in the lab.