This time of year it is easy to confuse symptoms of seasonal allergies with COVID-19. The list below compares symptoms that may overlap with COVID and seasonal allergies.
Symptom Check: Seasonal Allergies or COVID-19?
Cough: COVID-19 usually, Allergies sometimes
Fever: COVID-19 usualy, Allergies never
Muscle aches: COVID-19 usually, Allergies never
Tiredness: COVID-19 usually, Allergies sometimes
Itchy nose, keyes, mouth, or inner ear: COVID-19 never, Allergies usually
Sneezing: COVID-19 rarely, Allergies usually
Sore throat: COVID-19 usually, Allergies rarely
Runny or stuffy nose: COVID-19 usually, Allergies usually
Pink eye (conjunctivitis): COVID-19 sometimes, Allergies sometimes
Nausea or vomiting: COVID-19 sometimes, Allergies never
Diarrhea: COVID-19 sometimes, Allergies never
New loss of taste or smell: COVID-19 usually (early-often without a runny or stuffy nose,) Allergies sometimes
Also, while COVID-19 can cause shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, seasonal allergies don't usually cause these symptoms unless you have a respiratory condition such as asthma that can be triggered by pollen exposure.
Treatment of seasonal allergies may include over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays and decongestants, and avoidance of exposure to allergens where possible. Seasonal allergies may last several weeks.