Coronavirus or Seasonal Allergy Symptoms—Here Are the Differences

Written by Nancy

So far, more than 277,324 Coronavirus cases have been reported. In the United States alone, there are 19,774 cases, and 275 deaths have occurred. The pandemic has created panic among everyday Americans.

People with the cold and flu—in particular—are extremely worried, as the symptoms of COVID-19 share a lot of similarities with seasonal allergies.

In this article, we’ll look at some differences between allergy and Coronavirus symptoms that will help you determine whether you need to get tested. First, let’s have a look at the symptoms of both conditions:

Symptoms of COVID-19:

Here are the common symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Dry cough
  • Fever (above 100 degrees)
  • Shortness of breath

Less common symptoms include:

  • Headache, body aches, and pains
  • Mild sneezing
  • Fatigue

Symptoms of seasonal allergies:

Here are the common symptoms of seasonal allergies:

  • Ear congestion
  • Itchy eyes, throat, or ear canals
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Postnasal drainage

Less common symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing

Differences between allergy symptoms and Coronavirus

As you can see, there are several symptoms—like shortness of breath, coughing, and sneezing—that overlap between the two conditions.

Here, one of the biggest differentiating factors is the fever.

Seasonal allergies don’t cause fevers or body aches, unlike COVID-19, which always causes a high fever (above 100 degrees).

Moreover, allergies can lead to itchiness in eyes, ear, nose, and throat, which isn’t the case with the novel Coronavirus.

Hence, if you’re experiencing rapid, uncontainable sneezing problem but don’t have a fever or sore throat, it’s likely that you have a seasonal allergy.

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Seasonal allergies don’t make you immune to COVID-19; hence, it’s essential to keep a close eye on your symptoms.

Fortunately, most Coronavirus cases are mild and can be treated if identified in a timely manner. At the same time, it can be transmitted very quickly, which makes it very dangerous.

If you had seasonal allergies before and haven’t felt symptoms that you are experiencing now, it’s a good idea to get yourself quarantined and tested.

If you experience severe symptoms of COVID-19—like difficulty breathing, lack of oxygen, or fever–it’s important to seek immediate medical attention.

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About the author


I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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