Were told to stay home if we feel unwell during the COVID-19 pandemic. But what if your sniffles, sore throat or cough arent infectious? What if theyre caused by hay fever or another allergic reaction? You may be doing a lot more isolating than you need to.
Although it can sometimes be challenging, there are ways to tell apart respiratory symptoms caused by a virus and those caused by an allergy. This approach may help prevent COVID-19 testing capacity from being overwhelmed.
What causes hay fever?
Hay fever has many of the same symptoms as viral respiratory infections, such as colds and mild flu-like illnesses, as well as COVID-19. This is because rhinitis refers to inflammation of the nose, which has many causes.
Hay fever iscaused byyour nose and/or eyes coming into contact with microscopic allergens in the environment, such as pollens (from grasses, weeds or trees), dust mites, moulds and animal hair.
Your immune systemidentifiesthese airborne substances as harmful and produces antibodies against them. The next time you come into contact with them, these ...