Here’s how to tell the difference between COVID-19 and allergy symptoms

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With more and more variants of COVID-19 around the world and students returning to the classroom, it is important to know the difference between symptoms of coronavirus and those of seasonal allergies and more common sinus infections.

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. While there is no cure for allergies, you can manage and prevent them by avoiding allergens or taking allergy medication as prescribed.

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If you’re feeling sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends separating yourself from others, monitoring your symptoms, and getting tested for COVID-19, even if you suspect it could be allergies.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever and chills, muscle and body aches, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. The most common symptoms of seasonal allergies, meanwhile, include itchy or watery eyes, a runny or stuffy nose, and sneezing, according to the CDC.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 and seasonal allergies include cough, fatigue, headache, and congestion.

They also share less common symptoms, such as shortness of breath and sore throat, according to the CDC.

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You can find the full list of common allergies and COVID-19 symptoms below.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (March 20, 2021)

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