How To Tell If It's Coronavirus, The Flu, A Cold, Or Allergies

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How To Tell If It's Coronavirus, The Flu, A Cold, Or Allergies

How To Tell If It's Coronavirus, The Flu, A Cold, Or Allergies



Those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies and hay fever don’t really look forward to spring anyway, but thanks to the onset of the COVID-19 coronavirus, every cough, sneeze, or sniffle has become a reason for us, and those around us, to worry.

But doctors like Greg Poland, an infectious diseases professor at the Mayo Clinic and director of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, tells CNN that there is a noticeable difference between a seasonal allergy and the coronavirus, particularly if you’re experiencing the same symptoms that you do every year. Poland says,

“The issue with seasonal allergies is that they affect the nose and eye. They tend to be nasal, and most symptoms are localized to the head, unless you also experience a rash. The flu and the novel coronavirus, these affect other systems and the lower respiratory tract. You probably won’t have a runny nose, but what you might have is a sore throat, a cough, a fever or shortness of breath.”

But bear in mind that not all shortness of breath can indicate coronavirus, because while allergies might not normally trigger a shortness of breath, they could if you have asthma.

Dr. Maria Teresa Camacho, the medical director of a pediatric intensive care unit, tells CBS that allergy sufferers shouldn’t also expect to see their body temperatures go above normal range. She told the outlet,

“[With] allergies you don’t have a fever and usually they are seasonal allergies, you know it’s not all the time. You have congestion, but you don’t have a fever and body aches.”

Business Insider reports that someone with the virus will have a fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, will sometimes have headaches, aches and pains, a sore throat, and fatigue; but there won’t necessarily be any diarrhea and a runny nose is rare. There is no sneezing.

Symptoms of a common cold include aches and pains, a sore throat, runny nose, and sneezing. Symptoms of a flu include a fever, a dry cough, headaches, aches and pains, a sore throat, and fatigue. And the most common allergy symptoms are a runny nose, sneezing, and shortness of breath.

It may be a bit more of a challenge to work out the differences between COVID-19, a cold, and a flu though, because as Poland says in a separate interview with CNBC that the cold and flu have similar symptoms to the coronavirus. But if you have all the flu symptoms and you can’t breathe, it may be a good idea to get tested as quickly as possible if you’re able. NBC News medical correspondent Dr. John Torres calls it a “tell-tale sign”:

Sandra Kesh, a New York-based infectious disease expert tells CNBC,

“Based on what we know so far, [for most people] it will probably be like when you’re laid up in bed with the flu. You’ll start to feel sick, symptoms get worse until they peak, and then they gradually go away.”

The WHO has said that coronavirus, unlike allergies, can go from mild or moderate to severe very quickly. Poland tells CNN,

“If you have an acute case of coronavirus or flu, you will feel so tired, so achy, you’d basically be driven to bed. Everybody would see the difference. Allergies may make you feel tired, but they’re not going to cause severe muscle or joint ache.”

The infection usually starts in the nose, and once the virus is inside your body, it attacks the cells that protect your respiratory system. If the virus stays in the region of your upper airway, then Jeffery Taubenberger, who has studied infection in Spanish flu victims, tells Fortune that you’re not likely to get as sick. But if it goes down your windpipe and into your lungs, it can cause pneumonia; it can also trigger your body’s immune system, which is capable of creating more damage. Taubenberger says,

“Your body is immediately trying to repair the damage in the lung as soon as it’s happening. Normally, if this goes well, you can clear up your infection in just a few days.”

The downside to your body healing itself so efficiently is that your immune system ends up damaging the cells responsible for protecting the lower respiratory tract, and as a result, Taubenberger says the lungs become vulnerable to a second bacterial infection caused by germs that normally live in our noses, throats, and in mechanical ventilators.

Bottom line? Monitor your symptoms carefully, and take all necessary precautions to prevent potentially spreading disease to others, including maintaining social distancing and regularly washing your hands thoroughly. Symptoms vary from person to person, but if you’re getting worse instead of getting better over the course of a few days, seek medical attention.

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  • Posted on Mar 19, 2020 at 00:26 am

    Stay vigilant when keeping track of symptoms to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus!

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 04:27 am

    I was just saying that because I suffer from allergies,

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 05:02 am

    Please pray for me hopefully I don’t have it but after this video I don’t think I have the cornavirus so thanks💙💙🙏🏾

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 05:40 am

    Can you catch flu and covid at the same time… with a cold thrown in. I honestly can't find the answer.

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 06:11 am

    ive been dry coughing (def in lungs) and sneezing… i dont think i have a fever byt my cough is rly bad. inhaler doesnt work well. 🙁

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 06:19 am

    I have a soar throat and I think I have shortness of breath but no cough so I guess I’m going to have to get checked for corona or flu…

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 06:31 am

    Ppl forget it’s the flu season

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 07:23 am

    A friend said hold your breath for 10 seconds if you begin to catch then you have it,don't know if it's true though.

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 07:27 am

    Don't fear death guys everybody dies at some point but your life is a game so play it til the end and stay strong,if you have the virus be safe and you'll make it through and if you don't we'll see you in the after life when my trigger is pulled or rope ends whatever you describe death as.

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 08:03 am

    I m Leaving This Comment On 21:03:2020,12:54 Pm
    I don't Know Will i Survive or Die.
    But I have Faith in Allah I will be Survived by the Blessings of Allah. If you see this Comment then,pray for me or my Soul

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 08:08 am

    My teeth and nails have fallen out and I bleed from every orifice.
    Oh, and I hunger for human flesh.
    Could this be Corona?
    Thanks.

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 09:05 am

    I have sore throat, runny nose and mild fever…

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 09:24 am

    Look up symptoms of radiation sickness. 👍

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    U can simplify it as once u check it all together at the same time u got what it takes to say ur positive, one symptoms alone is not reason to panic so it must be all together at the same time.

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 13:27 pm

    I had fever since yesterday but its not a strong one and sometimes i feel it and sometimes i feel very good i don’t have nothing else 🤔

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 13:30 pm

    Before I had to worry about getting flu now I have to worry about flu and cronoavirus. 😥

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 13:36 pm

    I sneezed more than 20 times in an hour and just sometimes cough but no fever 2days now and when i sneezed my back feel pain
    Please comment guyss i am pregnant i am so afraid of the virus

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 13:56 pm

    So, what if you have allergies, then followed by cough. And you have shortness of breath, because of acid reflux?. How would you know?

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 13:57 pm

    I don't have fever
    I don't have coughs
    I don't have head ache
    I don't have shortness breath
    What I have is my teeth hurts 🤣🙏🥺✊

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 15:05 pm

    I travelled overnight without my sweater and it was very cold environment . So now i have sore throat and urge to poop Everytime i eat anything

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 16:11 pm

    Can anyone please tell me can 'otrivin fast relief adult nasal spray' will help if someone has corona?

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 16:48 pm

    The only thing I have right now at the moment is tightness of chest and a little sore throat but not much. Idk what it is lmao. It’s been a week that I’ve had this chest tightness.

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 16:50 pm

    What if I only have a sore throat?

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 17:51 pm

    The flu cold corona( made up name to manipulate with peoples ) are the all the same shith . What to be worried for 😂 it sems so dumb to by frightened 😂😂😂😂 to me is so chaldish all this with dumb corona . Relax people it's nothing ..it's only bulshit – bigest than ever before . They wantu to fix climate problem , that is way they scare peoples and wanted them to stay home ..and for many other reasons ….
    Actualy there is only flu , cold , and all those raspiratory alergies and that is all ..they lie us abaut new virus , wich dosent exist at all 😂

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 18:08 pm

    To Cure for corona virus, don’t drink corona extra beer! Drink XO kill them all… haha!

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 18:33 pm

    I have dry throat

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 19:00 pm

    Having sinus problem's I'm sure I'm a high risk!

  • Posted on Mar 21, 2020 at 20:29 pm

    I have shortness of breath but not dry cough , a lil fever

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 00:14 am

    So I do have a flu?

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 00:15 am

    If you get symptoms remember only God can heal you guys, I am praying for you guys

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 01:24 am

    If you have it STAY AWAY FROM ME

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 02:59 am

    If a person get the virus and don't get medical help, will it go away like a flu,

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 03:43 am

    I only have fever and it's been 4 days now nonstop sometimes it go high and sometimes I feel like I was lying is that normal ? please answer me 😷😢

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 05:40 am

    If it's the flu, forget it. It's not as exciting, sensationalistic and sky-is-falling as the "C" word.

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 06:17 am

    Ugh! chest hurts feels tight, weak ,neck hurts, diarrhea, shortness of breath ! Ah need a Z-pack of Corona's. Naw I'm serious I feel like mierda😔 I'm like the queen of clean I dont understand this I'm disinfecting, and I'm showering with clorax, alcohol, and thru in some strong Mexican soap! should be good que no!!

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 06:51 am

    I think i've got all 3. Runny nose and allergies starting to kick in. But i've felt cold but not hot with an itchy chilly feeling moving up my back. A tiny bit of couching and a little sneezing. So far breathing is ok but i did sometimes feel a mild burning in the chest over the last few weeks. Also i got something in my eye 10 days back which seems to have triggered my sinuses. However last year i had something that sounds more like corona. The phlegm was so thich i couldn't budge it, was worried i would not be able to breath in my sleep, standing was better and felt safer then lying down. I had suspected air quality at the time and i could not recover from it for months, probably 2 or 3 months to be fair.

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 10:58 am

    You. CAN'T tell the difference between covid 19 and regular flu. Look at people's first hand experience

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 11:34 am

    "The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic."
    Joseph Stalin

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 14:46 pm

    I have a pretty weak immune system. I’ve had the cold twice since January, and I’ve had cold symptoms ever since. But recently I’ve been getting headaches (but I normally suffer from migraines), my throat at times feels sore or dry and I’ve been coughing a bit. I feel fatigued (but we’re pretty short staffed at the moment at work so I don’t know.) I make sure I clean my hands for a 1 minute as often as I can, practice social distancing at work, don’t touch my face without clean hands and disinfect work surfaces as much as I can. I can’t go to my gp, I work in a supermarket till late so who knows what I’m being exposed too and I have no one to talk to at home. To be honest I’m scared, I’ve been doing my research on the virus since the news broke out about it. And trying to learn the differences but to honest it’s not easing my worry.

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 14:51 pm

    The most devastating effect of the corona virus is already evident. It has spawned a world of full of hypochondriacs.

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 15:02 pm

    I'm even more confused after watching this video.

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 15:10 pm

    DONT TAKE THAT VACCINE… IT'LL KILL YOU!!!👇👇👇SECRETE REVEALED!! Please🙏🙏🙏watch and share to warn the world!!
    https://youtu.be/m7ZSSgymYM4

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 16:07 pm

    I have had symptoms of covid 19 for 5 days now, peaking 2 days ago with chills/sweats when temp was 38. 6 and now today with dry cough, sore throat and achy (but decreasing)… – My question : assuming I continue to get better –
    If I have indeed had Covid 19 I can potentially go back to work in a week or so (supporting children of key workers in the school where I teach). However, as I do not know because I have not been tested , then what happens if any of my family members exhibit symptoms, forcing me to self isolate for a further 14 days?

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 16:44 pm

    I once had a bird named Enza …i Lost her ..the next day I saw her by the window …so I opened up the window .and ….in flew Enza

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 17:02 pm

    So I have a cold…

    Kalm

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 18:40 pm

    They have no idea what they talking

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  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 21:50 pm

    I was in a shop today and swallowed the wrong way resulting in a coughing fit the looks I got from people and they moved away from me I wise I had just let a ripper of a fart it wouldn't have been as bad.

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 22:44 pm

    Exactly I do have shortness of breath but because I'm overweight and have asthma also my coughing is because of my allergies

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 23:11 pm

    No, call the hospital first.
    Allergies. And I take my temp every morning anyway. Stupid the battery will wear out.
    This AM it was 26 degrees, there was frost on the ground and pollen on the patio furniture covers.

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