Seasonal allergies or COVID-19? How to tell the difference

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Spring is here, and so is allergy season.

With the coronavirus outbreak, it couldn’t come at a more inconvenient time.

Some of the symptoms are very similar, like coughing and fatigue.

So is it allergies or COVID-19?

Health experts say before you panic ask yourself these questions:

  • Have you had seasonal allergies before?
  • What are your symptoms?
  • Have you been spending a lot of time outside?

These are common symptoms people with allergies experience:

  • Runny nose or nasal congestion
  • Watery, itchy or red eyes (allergic conjunctivitis)
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
  • Swollen, blue-colored skin under the eyes (allergic shiners)
  • Postnasal drip
  • Fatigue

These are some of the symptoms you may experience if you have COVID-19:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Body or muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The CDC says COVID-19 symptoms typically appear within two to 14 days after coming in contact with someone who is infected.

But it’s important to remember not everyone has symptoms.

If you think you may COVID-19, talk to your healthcare provider.