Two things can look similar to the other and be terribly different, it is something that most people don’t realize sometimes.

For example, my brother has a neurological issue where he has these very minor audible tics. Basically, it sounds like he has a cold all of the time.

He will be on the phone asking something about his cable bill and people will ask if he has a cold.

Same thing goes with coronavirus. There are tons of people out there who have symptoms similar to what is happening when in reality all they have are common allergies.

Here’s the difference between allergy symptoms and those of the coronavirus.

What is the new coronavirus?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. The novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, is a new disease and is caused by a coronavirus that was not previously seen in humans. Defined as an infectious disease by the World Health Organization, it had been unknown before WHO said it originated as an “outbreak” that “began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.”

What are seasonal allergies?

The National Institutes of Health noted seasonal allergies, or allergic rhinitis, is common and affects 8 percent of adults and children in the U.S. Also known as hay fever, allergies cause an immune response in the body to something that causes no problems for most people — pollen from plants.

If you have coronavirus symptoms…

WHO stated they are typically mild and begin gradually. Common symptoms include:

Dry cough.



Some people may have these symptoms:

Nasal congestion.

Runny nose.

Aches and pains.

Sore throat.


According to WHO, some people become infected but don’t feel unwell or experience any symptoms. Around 80 percent of people recover from the disease without any special treatment needed. Still, about one in six people becomes seriously ill from COVID-19 and experiences breathing difficulties.

Serious illnesses are more likely to occur in people who fall in the CDC’s higher-risk group: people who have serious chronic medical conditions, including lung disease, diabetes and heart disease and older adults. Should people experience difficulty breathing, cough or a fever, and should get medical attention.

If you have allergy symptoms…

The NIH stated they may include the following:


Itching in the eyes, mouth, nose and throat.


Runny or stuffy nose.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology stated that watery eyes can also be a symptom. The professional association also noted that allergies can be seasonal or occur year round.

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