Is it Allergies or the Coronavirus?

Pollen is in the air—and that means it’s allergy season. During the pandemic, however, it can be hard to tell the difference between your average allergy and the coronavirus.

With allergy season up and running in the during the coronavirus pandemic, many are wondering how to tell the difference between allergy symptoms and coronavirus signs. Allergists offer some advice on how to tell which one might be bothering you.

Typical symptoms of seasonal allergies include itchy eyes, itchy nose, sneezing, runny nose and post-nasal drip. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, diarrhea and, sometimes, a sore throat, explains a WebMD piece.

The biggest fact in differentiating the two are the “itchy” symptoms: the itchy eyes, itchy nose and sneezing. Some combination of those are likely due to allergies, not the coronavirus.

While some people with coronavirus might be asymptomatic, here is a breakdown of symptoms between the two, according to another article:


  • sneezing
  • running or stuffy nose
  • water and itchy eyes
  • itchy sinuses, throat or ear canals
  • ear congestion
  • postnasal drainage
  • rarely: headache, shortness of breath and coughing


  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • fever
  • chills
  • muscle pain
  • sore throat
  • loss of taste or smell

Other less common symptoms of coronavirus have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, says the CDC.

If you are unsure about if you have coronavirus or allergies, ask your doctor. Also, anyone exhibiting coronavirus symptoms should self-quarantine immediately and alert those they have been in contact with within the last two weeks.

Download Center

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program.

  • Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    This guide includes details on how to conduct a thorough Job Hazard Analysis, and it's based directly on an OSHA publication for conducting JHAs. Learn how to identify potential hazards associated with each task of a job and set controls to mitigate hazard risks.

  • A Guide to Practicing “New Safety”

    Learn from safety professionals from around the world as they share their perspectives on various “new views” of safety, including Safety Differently, Safety-II, No Safety, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), Resilience Engineering, and more in this helpful guide.

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • EHS Software Buyer's Guide

    Learn the keys to staying organized, staying sharp, and staying one step ahead on all things safety. This buyer’s guide is designed for you to use in your search for the safety management solution that best suits your company’s needs.

  • Vector Solutions

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - May 2022

    May 2022


      How Wearable Technology is Transforming Safety and the Industrial Workplace
      Five Tips to Improve Safety in Confined Spaces
      Monitor for Asbestos to Help Save Lives
      Fall Protection Can Be Surprising
    View This Issue