Allergies, Cold, Flu or COVID-19 Virus?

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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 Allergies Cold Influenza COVID-19
Symptoms begin Gradually Gradually Abruptly Within 14 days of exposure
Symptoms last Allergy season 4 - 10 days 5 - 7 days Varies by person
Body aches Sometimes
Chills Less common Sometimes
Dry cough
Exposure to germs
Fatigue/weakness Sometimes
Fever Less common
Headaches Less common Sometimes
Itchy eyes
Nasal congestion Less common
Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea Sometimes Sometimes Sometimes
New loss of taste or smell Sometimes Sometimes Sometimes
Repeated shaking with chills Sometimes Sometimes Sometimes
Runny nose Less common
Sneeze Sometimes
Sore throat Sometimes Sometimes
Shortness of breath Sometimes Less 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.

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