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Allergies, Cold, Flu or COVID-19 Virus?

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Allergies, cold, flu, or Covid? infographic

This information has been reviewed and approved by Flavia Hoyte, MD and Jared Eddy, MD (March 2020).

Allergies, Cold, Flu or COVID-19 Virus?

Here's now to tell the difference between allergy symptoms and the novel 2019 Coronavirus.

Symptoms beginGraduallyGraduallyAbruptlyWithin 14 days of exposure
Symptoms lastAllergy season4 - 10 days5 - 7 daysVaries by person
Body achesSometimes
ChillsLess commonSometimes
Dry cough
Exposure to germs
FeverLess common
HeadachesLess commonSometimes
Itchy eyes
Nasal congestionLess common
New loss of taste or smellSometimesSometimesSometimes
Repeated shaking with chillsSometimesSometimesSometimes
Runny noseLess common
Sore throatSometimesSometimes
Shortness of breathSometimesLess common
Symptoms get worse


Think You Have COVID-19?

  • Stay home and away from others.
  • Monitor symptoms.
  • Rest.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash hands with soap and water often.
  • Treat symptoms.
  • Contact your doctor if you have a fever, cough, difficulty breathing or existing chronic disease.