It’s common for seasonal allergy symptoms like sneezing and coughing to begin acting up around this time of year. But these days when you’re having respiratory symptoms, it may be hard not to think the worst. However, a number of common conditions, like allergies, share symptoms that are similar to those of COVID-19. Use the chart below to help tell the difference between those conditions, what you can do to prevent and treat them, and how to decide when it’s time to contact your doctor.
This article appeared in the June 2020 issue of UC Berkeley Health After 50.
Also see Reduce Allergy Symptoms: 10+ Tips.