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Getting Answers: How to tell the difference between COVID-19 and allergies

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TUCSON (KVOA)- Some symptoms of COVID-19 and allergies can overlap causing some confusion for people who want to know if they have the coronavirus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some of those common symptoms of both COVID-19 and seasonal allergies include: cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, sore throat and congestion or runny nose.


However, if you are experiencing fever and chills, muscle and body aches, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea, these are all common COVID-19 symptoms.

Common seasonal allergy symptoms include itchy or watery eyes and sneezing.

The CDC stated: "Seasonal allergies do not usually cause shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, unless a person has a respiratory condition such as asthma that can be triggered by exposure to pollen."

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Priscilla Casper

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