How to tell the difference between allergies, flu and coronavirus

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How to tell the difference between allergies, flu and coronavirus (source: CBS 4)

Amid recent health concerns, local doctors are sharing how to tell the difference between allergies, flu, and coronavirus.

If you have allergies, family physician, Dr. Darryl Stinson said you will sneeze and have a runny nose, which is very similar to a cold.

According to the Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Edinburg Children’s Hospital, Dr. Maria Teresa Camacho, your body temperature would not be above the normal range.

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

Camacho adds that the flu and COVID-19 are very similar.

“Both of them can have fever, can have a runny nose, cough and both of them can go from mild disease to severe disease,” said Camacho. “Both of them can have pneumonia that means the symptoms can be similar.”

Camacho said the two respiratory illnesses can show the same symptoms in the beginning and while both can produce pneumonia, she said it’s more severe in cases of COVID-19.

So, if you’re not sure what you have, Camacho advises staying home and wash your hands all the time.

“Do not go see people who are susceptible to death or pneumonia from a cold so don’t go to the nursing home, don’t go see anybody elderly, very elderly,” said Stinson.

The CDC advises that you stay away from people with chronic medical conditions like heart and lung disease and diabetes.

In addition, the CDC also advises that if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, you should call your healthcare provider.

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