Many of the symptoms of seasonal allergies and COVID-19 are similar. Cough, headache and/or a sore throat are just a few symptoms that belong to both. If you are typically affected by seasonal allergies at this time of year, you likely have a go-to medication you take to improve your symptoms. If this medication does not work on your symptoms as it usually does, in the timeframe it usually does, you should stay home and arrange for a COVID-19 test by calling HealthLine 811 or your primary healthcare provider.
Other tips for helping with seasonal allergies include reducing your exposure to allergy triggers. This can mean staying indoors on dry, windy days, delegating lawn mowing and other gardening chores to someone else, having a shower after being outdoors and washing those clothes, closing windows at night, using high-efficiency filters in your furnace, and vacuuming often.
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