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How to distinguish if it is COVID or allergy

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Covid-19 has some allergy-like symptoms. In the case of the coronavirus, there is fever, dry cough, sore throat or breathing problems.


This virus has claimed the lives of more than 6.2 million people and infected more than 515 million individuals worldwide, according to reports from the World Health Organization.

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For this reason, medical specialists warn that in the southern hemisphere, during the fall, COVID-19 can be confused with other diseases such as allergies or also with the flu and other respiratory viruses that are circulating.


According to experts at the Mayo Clinic, COVID-19 and seasonal allergies can cause the same signs and symptoms. However, there are some differences. The 12 symptoms to pay attention to and distinguish an allergy from COVID-19:


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If a person has COVID-19 disease, they usually have a cough. On the other hand, if it is an allergy, dry cough is less frequent.


Generally, COVID-19 manifests itself with fever in patients. Although it is also true that 1 in 4 affected does not develop symptoms. But in the case of an allergy, those affected do not usually have a fever.

muscle aches

In the case of coronavirus infection, there is usually pain in the muscles. On the other hand, that does not happen when it comes to an allergy.

Fatigue is more common in COVID-19 cases.


Tiredness usually occurs in people with COVID-19. In contrast, people with allergies are only sometimes tired.


In COVID-19, itching of the nose, eyes, mouth, or ears is very rare. Instead, that type of itching does generally occur in cases of allergy.


Sneezing is rare in the case of coronavirus infection. On the contrary, allergies usually cause sneezing.

Throat pain

Sore throat is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19. On the other hand, it is very rare in cases of allergy.

Stuffy or runny nose

The stuffy nose can manifest itself in both COVID-19 and in cases of allergies. Therefore, this similarity demonstrates once again that it is essential to consult a health professional.


Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the clear membrane (conjunctiva) that lines the eyelid and the white part of the eyeball. It can be a symptom of both COVID-19 and allergy, although in both cases it is rare.

nausea or vomiting

The person with COVID-19 sometimes has nausea or vomiting. In the case of allergies, you never have those symptoms.


The person with COVID-19 sometimes has diarrhea. In contrast, diarrhea is not a symptom of allergy.

Loss of sense of taste or smell

In the case of COVID-19, there may usually be loss of taste or smell (at first, often without a stuffy or runny nose). In contrast, in allergies that symptom can sometimes occur.

According to the specialized site KidsHealth, most children with the flu improve at home with plenty of fluids, rest, and rest. In some cases, the doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication to relieve symptoms and shorten the cycle of the disease. (I)

Source: Eluniverso

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