Wednesday, March 11, 2020 06:43 PM

ALLERGIES, COLD, FLU, CORONAVIRUS: HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE IN SYMPTOMS - WREG NEWSCHANNEL 3

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. News of the novel coronavirus dominates the headlines, but allergy season is approaching, and many of us have already or are currently suffering from the cold or flu.

So how do you tell the difference between them all?

The threat of COVID-19, novel coronavirus, comes as many Americans still battle the flu.

Dr. Steve Threlkeld, an infectious disease specialist with Baptist Memorial Hospital, said doctors are dealing daily with flu and cold symptoms.

"It's difficult to say, 'Oh it's the cough,' because half the people that come into a healthcare facility in the winter months are going to have a cough," Threlkeld said.

Screening is the first step to telling a difference between COVID-19 and the flu.

In what we've seen so far the coronavirus cases typically have context.

"Where they've been, exactly what they've done, have they been at an event that might be publicized where people were sick, but we haven't heard of anyone being sick there," Threlkeld said.

Experts said allergies tend to usually include sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and stuffy or runny nose, and most of the symptoms are localized to your head.

COVID -19 and the flu can have overlapping symptoms like fever and coughing, ...

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