An Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati and an allergy specialist, Drs. Ahmed Sedaghat estimates that, while 10–15% of people nationwide suffer from allergies in the Greater Cincinnati region, it is 25% more preferred.
“It’s like the allergy capital of the world, unfortunately,” Sedaghat said.
Due to the bowl Cincinnati sits inside, and the lack of atmospheric ventilation to blow pollen out of the area, allergies are particularly bad in Queen City. Ragweed can be found on the roadside or in backyard parks in the Tri-State. Couples with an epidemic and it can be difficult to determine whether a snort is a symptom, or just ragweed.
Typical allergy season symptoms may include several COVID-19 symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, headache, runny nose, or sore throat. However, Sedaghat said the key is watching the fever.
“Kovid patients will see some nasal symptoms, but when you compare them to allergy patients, the severity of those nasal symptoms seems to be much worse in allergic patients,” he said. “If you have a fever with these symptoms, this would be one reason to think about COVID-19.”
Another major difference between the two is the overall lack of odor, which is a very characteristic feature for COVID-19.
For those suffering from allergies, the upcoming season could mean a few more stars in public – and the constant danger of sneezing while wearing a mask.
“I don’t really care, but people make you look weird, especially at Walmart or something else,” said David Kruse, who is an allergic allergen. “You cough and everyone changes and you think the SWAT team is going to come through the roof or something.”
Although allergies may seem more like a benign thing than a fatal epidemic, Sedaghat said it is still important to keep the allergy under control.
“Poor quality of life, poor sleep which then tricked for their work, productivity, their ability to spend time with family and loved ones,” he said.
The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency said it expected Cincinnati to see some high-rugged days this week due to the pleasant weather, but the numbers remained in the middle range for Monday.