This has been a really bad allergy season. If you’ve been suffering a runny nose, watering eyes, sniffles, and other symptoms, you’re certainly not alone. Experts have been saying this year has been particularly bad for allergies.
You can see it. Every morning or afternoon when I head out, there is a layer of pollen coating everything. It’s like green snow.
Now all of that is one thing, but it becomes quite another amid a global pandemic. Even though COVID-19 numbers in North America are decreasing and vaccination rates are going up, there is still a substantial risk.
If you’ve developed strong sniffles and other allergy symptoms recently – and perhaps much earlier than normal – you might be wondering if it’s allergies or COVID.
Thankfully, there are some substantial differences in symptoms between the two. Although sniffles and a runny nose may be indicators of both conditions, looking a little deeper may help you get a better idea of what you’re experiencing.
First, if you typically suffer from seasonal allergies, that’s a huge clue. It’s likely allergies if you’re feeling things you have before.
Seasonal allergies can also be marked by an itchy throat or nose, which are not consistent with COVID-19. Fevers are generally associated with COVID-19, but not allergies. COVID-19 may also cause fatigue.
Both, however, may lead to loss of taste, smell, and congestion.
If allergy symptoms are unusual or not going away with treatment that’s worked for you before, there is no harm in going for a COVID-19 test. If you don’t typically experience seasonal allergies, a COVID test is recommended.
Remember to continue to observe best health practices during the pandemic, like social distancing, wearing a mask indoors, and following local health regulations in your area.
The end of the pandemic is in sight, but we’re not quite there yet.