The beginning of spring also marks the beginning of allergy season. Avoid anxiety and seek appropriate medical attention by knowing the difference allergies and COVID-19.
Allergies involve an overreaction of the body’s immune system, which is responsible for fighting infections, whereas COVID-19 is a contagious virus that can cause severe illness or even death. If you're experiencing symptoms, consult the infographic below to help recognize the cause.
If you suspect you have been infected with COVID-19, it's important to get tested and avoiding spreading the virus to others by covering your face and social distancing. Remember, even if you've been vaccinated for COVID-19, it's important to continue wearing a mask in public to prevent the possibility of spread and help end the pandemic.
In either case, if your symptoms are mild, contact your primary care physician to determine the best options for care. If you're experiencing a medical emergency—or you’re severely sick and you're at high risk of severe illness due to age or preexisting conditions—call 911 or go to the emergency department.