HAY FEVER OR CORONAVIRUS?

HAY FEVER OR CORONAVIRUS?

FOR ALLERGY SUFFERERS, A POLLEN SEASON OF EXTRA WORRIES IS STARTING UP

Allergy season is already underway, with a few people in the capital currently dealing with a runny nose, sinus pain and headache, and an urge to sneeze. 

Last year, we would’ve considered our symptoms mere annoyance. Now it may cause tremendous anxiety. 

For millions of seasonal allergy sufferers, the annual onset of watery eyes and scratchy throats is bumping up against the global spread of a new virus that produces its own constellation of respiratory symptoms. 

That’s causing angst for people who never have had to particularly worry about their hay fever, other than to stock up on antihistamines, decongestants and tissues. 

Everyone is sort of analysing every sneeze and cough right now.

However, there are differing symptoms — that sneezing and runny nose, hallmarks of hay fever, are not typically associated with COVID-19, which commonly produces coughing, fever and in more serious cases shortness of breath. 

Never mind that allergies don’t cause fevers.

Doctors recommend staying at home as much as possible and monitor for any symptoms that seem unrelated to their allergies, such as body aches and a cough, followed by shortness of breath.

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