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How to Tell if You've Got Allergies, Flu or Coronavirus

How to Tell if You've Got Allergies, Flu or Coronavirus
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By    |   Friday, 03 April 2020 01:19 PM

The first symptoms of a cold, flu and the coronavirus may be similar. Even the stuffy nose and itchy eyes that signal seasonal allergies can make you wonder if you’re coming down with something serious. But experts say that as your symptoms progress, there are clear distinguishing signs that can help you take appropriate action.

Dr. Greg Poland, a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the Mayo Clinic told CNN that the issue with seasonal allergies is that symptoms usually affect the nose and eyes while the flu and the novel coronavirus affect the lower respiratory tract. Naturally, if your symptoms tend to occur at the same time every year, that also points toward allergies rather than something more sinister.

Poland advises paying attention to your temperature since its very unlikely allergies spike a fever. Allergies symptoms also tend to be milder.

“If you have an acute case of coronavirus or flu, you will feel so tired, so achy, you’d basically be driven to bed,” says the expert. “Allergies may make you feel tired, but they aren’t going to cause severe muscle or joint ache.”

Poland tells CNN that coronavirus cases have some “context.” That means if you’ve traveled, or someone in your home has traveled, especially if you’ve have been to an area where there’s been an outbreak, or on a cruise ship, these are clues that would point to coronavirus.

According to Healthline, here is a summary of symptoms:

  • Coronavirus: fever, tiredness, dry cough, shortness of breath
  • Allergies: sneezing, wheezing, and coughing
  • Flu: similar symptoms to the coronavirus, such as fever and body aches, but influenza usually doesn’t cause shortness of breath

But if develop a nasty case of the flu or the coronavirus and get worse, seek medical attention.

“What would increase suspicion of coronavirus would be if you were short of breath,” said Poland. “People can develop pneumonia from the flu, which has similar presentation, so either way you’re going to want to seek medical attention.”

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