Seasonal allergies vs COVID-19

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - In addition to dealing with COVID-19, many people are starting to fight off season allergies.

But they have similar symptoms.

Dr. Kamlesh Shah, an allergist-immunologist in Casper said the main difference is a fever. Though both can cause a cough and runny nose, seasonal allergies don’t cause fevers. COVID-19 usually does cause one.

“In the allergies, unless you have underlying pneumonia or sinus infection or viral infection, you just don’t have a fever,” Shah said.

People who are unsure whether their symptoms are allergies, COVID-19 or something else should call a doctor. The Casper-Natrona County Health Department also has a COVID-19 hotline at (307) 577-9892. It’s available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.