INFOGRAPHIC: Allergies vs. COVID-19


Published: 2021-03-31 10:44

Last Updated: 2021-04-11 20:26

Editor: Dalia Kharoufeh

Credit: Healthline
Credit: Healthline

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, allergy-sufferers are wondering if their coughs, sneezes and sniffles are due to their run-of-the-mill allergies from dust or pollen, or if they have been infected with the virus.

The argument between whether it is a coronavirus infection or an allergy has shrouded the general public with concern, as any sign of illness has almost left people paralyzed with the fear of being infected- or infecting others- with COVID-19.

There is indeed some overlap and similarities between allergy symptoms and the virus. According to information published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, both COVID-19 and allergies cause coughs, headaches, tiredness or fatigue, and runny or congested noses.

Additionally, shortness of breath is common with those suffering from a coronavirus infection. Similarily, if individuals suffer from both respiratory issues and allergies, then they can experience shortness of breath as well.

Sore throats, while common in those with allergies, is less common in those infected with COVID-19.

Symptoms exclusive to the coronavirus include fever or chills, mild to severe body aches, and loss of senses including taste and/or smell.

Symptoms exclusive to allergies include sneezing, and irritated, itchy or watery eyes.