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It might not be COVID.With or without a pandemic, apotent dose of ragweed pollen can trigger some of the same symptoms as the new coronavirus.
So can the common cold. So can your garden-variety flu.
The overlaps can be confusing and even frightening, particularly for folks who are experiencing fall allergies for the first time, health professionals say.
A useful guidepost: Fevers rarely accompany allergies.COVID-19 typically does raise your body temperature.
Ragweed grows along South Winooski Avenue in Burlington in August 2013.(Photo: JOEL BANNER BAIRD/FREE PRESS FILE)
Another tipfromthe American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: Sneezing and itchy eyes, the most common calling cards of an allergy, are not in COVID's common suite of symptoms.
Ditto for a stuffy or runny nose.
But there is ample room for confusion, too, the academy notes particularly because scientists are only beginning to appreciate the different, changing ways COVID-19 affects people.
Symptomspotentially common between allergies and COVID-19, as listed ...