Coronavirus and seasonal allergies have some common symptoms that can cause concern for parents of school children as they return to the classroom. To distinguish between the two, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided some guidance with the start of the school year.
“It can be difficult to differentiate allergies from COVID infection, especially when both can be prevalent at the same time of year, as they may be this fall,” said Dr. Fred Davis, an emergency physician at Northwell. Health Long Island Jewish Medical Center on Long Island, New York, told Fox News.
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One key difference is that fever usually occurs with COVID-19 rather than seasonal allergies, according to the CDC and health experts.
“Both can lead to colds, coughs and congestion. The big differentiation is usually fever, those with allergy symptoms usually don’t have fever, while those with a viral infection like COVID usually have a fever (ie a temperature higher than 100.4), “said Davis, also associate president of emergency medicine. continue.
In addition, itching, watery eyes and sneezing are symptoms often associated with allergies, not a new coronavirus, according to the CD.
Symptoms of COVID-19, which are not usually present in seasonal allergies, include cold and muscle aches, fever, vomiting and nausea, diarrhea, and sudden loss of smell and taste, according to the Federal Health Agency.
There are some overlapping symptoms that can be of concern to parents when their children return to school. Sore throat, fatigue, congestion, runny nose, cough and headache are some similarities according to the CDC. Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing are commonly associated with COVID-19 infection; however, it can occur with seasonal allergies when there is a major respiratory condition such as asthma or a severe allergic reaction that may require medical attention.
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If you are unsure and think that you or your child may have been infected with COVID-19, it is advisable to get tested, notify the school and follow the CDC’s quarantine guidelines to avoid the spread of the disease, he said. CDC. If your child has difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.
The CDC recommends frequent hand washing, social distancing, and wearing masks for people over 2 years of age to avoid exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus also known as COVID-19. Wearing masks can also help prevent some allergens, according to the federal health agency’s website.