Illinois’ top public health official warned Wednesday that people should take notice of any possible coronavirus symptoms because they may be confused with seasonal allergies.
“I keep hearing from my liaison instructors at local health departments that they are hearing the same story over and over again: ‘I didn’t know I was positive. The symptoms I thought were allergy symptoms. I never thought Will. It was COVID, “Dr. Nogzi Ejike said on Wednesday.
In similar symptoms one may suffer from seasonal allergies, the question is whether it is just pollen or something else. Many garden-type hay fever sufferers, of which there are about 19 million adults in the US, are also at altitude.
Seasonal allergies can often bring with them a cough and runny nose – both may be associated with some coronovirus cases – but they also cause itchy or watery eyes and sneezing, symptoms that are uncommon in coronovirus patients.
For most people, new coronoviruses cause mild or moderate symptoms that clear up in a few weeks. For others, it may not have any symptoms. Older adults and people with existing health problems are at greater risk of more serious illness, including pneumonia and death.
“So please don’t ignore those allergy-like symptoms,” Ezik said. “COVID can look like a lot of things.”
According to the CDC, the list of coronavirus symptoms includes:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing
- Muscle or body ache
- head ache
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Goiter or runny nose
- Vomiting or nausea