Do you suffer from seasonal allergies such as hay fever?
COVID-19 and hay fever share some similar symptoms, which means it can be difficult to tell the difference between them.
Read these five tips to help manage allergies during the pandemic.
Seasonal allergies, sometimes called ‘hay fever’ or seasonal allergic rhinitis, are symptoms that happen during certain times of the year or, for some people, are present all year round. They usually occur when outdoor moulds release their spores, or trees, grasses, and weeds release tiny pollen particles into the air to fertilise other plants.
Seasonal allergies triggered by airborne pollen can lead to:
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new form of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Coronaviruses are group of viruses that cause respiratory infections.
COVID-19 and seasonal allergies share some symptoms, but there are often some key differences between the two. For example, COVID-19 can cause fever, which is not a common symptom of seasonal allergies.
Seasonal allergies do not usually cause shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, unless a person has a respiratory condition such as asthma that can be triggered by exposure to pollen.
Get more information on COVID-19 symptoms or seasonal allergy symptoms.
Here are five tips on how to manage seasonal allergies during COVID-19:
Remember to always cover your sneezes using your elbow or a tissue, throw away used tissues in the bin, and wash or sanitise hands immediately after sneezing.