Allergies vs. Covid- 19

Do you know the difference?

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It's allergy season. Although allergy and COVID-19 symptoms may have some similarities, they are very different. During this time, it's important to educate yourself on COVID-19 symptoms and misconceptions. (Photo by Haven Bishop)

Haven Bishop, Staff Writer

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, cases throughout the United States have been rising and there has been widespread confusion over what the symptoms are and how to detect them. With allergy season among us, it is important that people aren’t going to hospitals to possibly expose themselves to the virus thinking that they may already be coming down with it. Though the symptoms are very similar, there are some symptoms that fit individually into both categories. 

Allergy season usually begins in early March, with the trees beginning their pollination period. One can tell they have bad allergies when they notice itchy eyes or difficulty trying to simply breathe through a stuffy nose. Allergy symptoms are fairly easy to recognize and usually are a minor nuisance to someone’s daily life. 

With the coronavirus spreading, there is an understandable fear amongst the American people who may have a little cough or scratchy throat. There are some symptoms that news outlets are telling people to look out for and be mindful of so people won’t contract the virus. Symptoms such as “fevers, coughing, shortness of breath are the main signs that coronavirus may be present,” according to the World Health Organization who continually monitors and responds to this outbreak. 

Because this deadly virus is spread through coughing, sneezing, and close personal contact, 

President Donald Trump has advised people to stay inside and self-quarantine until this virus gets under control.

There are over “1,000 cases confirmed and 41 deaths confirmed in Sacramento county “ according to Sacramento’s public health department. 

This number of people affected by Covid19 is enough to strike serious concern for the citizens of Sacramento. The citizens of Sacramento have cleared shelves all across the city as they self-quarantine in hopes to flatten the curve.  

Healthy people put themselves at risk of contracting the virus when placing themselves in vulnerable public places like hospitals. When there are people who are actually sick, it is best to keep away from the hospital unless those serious symptoms like shortness of breath and fever persist more than two-14 days.

If you do not have any symptoms of the virus, it is best to stay as clean as possible and away from people. There are folks who don’t have strong immune systems to fight off viruses and it is best to keep spaces such as hospitals and grocery stores clear for them to get themselves back up to good health. Allowing fear to make you purchase more than necessary puts others at risk of not getting what they need for themselves and their families. 

Protect yourselves and your families by practicing some preventative maintenance and purchase the necessities for your family. Unless your symptoms worsen or if you believe you’ve been exposed to the virus, do not put your family at risk by running to the hospital because you have a runny nose or the common cold.