Throughout the pandemic, you’ve probably had a COVID scare or two. When you search online for a list of COVID symptoms, you’re faced with a wide range of possible symptoms from a tickle in your throat to trouble breathing. Because symptoms are often confused with allergies, many people begin panicking when their allergies flare up.
Even though allergy symptoms can be similar to coronavirus symptoms, there are still ways you can tell the difference between the two, and here’s how.
How do I know if I have an allergy?
The confusion between allergies and COVID-19 mainly lies in the fact that some people only experience mild symptoms or are entirely asymptomatic. 100% of the global population is either not sick, a little sick, or really sick. It’s no question why so many people fear they have the coronavirus when faced with any symptoms, both mild and severe.
Common allergies symptoms:
- Dry cough
- Tickle in throat
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Facial pressure or headache
How do I know if I have COVID?
We still don’t fully understand how the virus affects different bodies with varying health, genders, ethnicities, and age. So, there’s no way to say for sure how one person may react when infected. But if you notice one or more of the following symptoms and if been in contact with someone you know has COVID-19, then you may have it too.
Common COVID-19 symptoms:
- Dry cough
- Trouble breathing
- Body aches
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Skin rash
- Gastrointestinal issues
How COVID-19 symptoms are different from allergies
Sneezing is not a symptom of COVID and is often a sign of allergies or the common cold. Although shortness of breath and trouble breathing are both indicators of the coronavirus, it’s uncommon for people with allergies.
COVID also has many symptoms that are distinct from allergies, like a loss of taste and smell, fever, gastrointestinal issues, pinkeye, and skin rashes. If you have any of these symptoms, it can mean that you are infected with the virus.
The only way to be sure if you have COVID
There’s one way to be sure of whether or not you have allergies or COVID—getting tested. Unlike the early days of the pandemic, it is easy to get tested and receive fast results. Visit IndyCare curbside care to be seen safely in your car for COVID symptoms, allergies, or the common cold.
You can book your appointment online and get tested the same day. You don’t have to get out of your car and expose yourself or others to potential infection risks.