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Do I Have Allergies or COVID-19? How to Tell the Difference

As trees blossom and flowers bloom, allergy season is upon us. But this year allergy and asthma sufferers have the added burden of distinguishing normal seasonal symptoms from possible COVID-19 symptoms. Plus, there are concerns that having asthma or allergies worsens the symptoms of COVID-19. So, what do you need to do if you have a student or family member with asthma? The CDC recommends:

  • Prepare: Improve personal preparedness with adequate medical supplies and equipment.
  • Plan: Make an Asthma Action Plan with a medical professional.
  • Protect: Follow guidelines for preventing exposure to COVID-19.

And if your family members or student typically has seasonal allergies, follow these recommendations from the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology:

  • Continue taking your regular medications and treatments you typically take for allergies.
  • Keep windows closed and use air conditioning as much as possible.
  • Schedule outdoor activities early or late in the day to limit your exposure during peak pollen hours.
  • Shower right after you come in from outside to wash off pollen.
  • Wash bedlinens frequently to keep indoor and outdoor allergens away when you sleep.

The chart below developed by The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology will help guide you in determining whether your symptoms are related to asthma, allergies, or COVID-19. However, if your systems persist and you are uncertain about their cause, always contact your doctor.

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