Seasonal allergies and coronavirus symptoms may cause confusion with Rogue Valley conditions

MEDFORD, Ore — With spring season here, seasonal allergies emerge as another concern for people during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think [allergies] is a big issue in our Valley,” Retired allergy specialist Cory Aden-Wansbury, M.D. told NBC5. “Parts of the Valley is windy, we also got a lot of agriculture here which means a lot of people are moving equipment around in the fields.”

Aden-Wansbury says if allergy symptoms are mild, there are several over the counter pills and eye drops available at local pharmacies. He recommends scheduling a doctor’s visit if symptoms don’t improve.

People during this season may experience several symptoms that are similar to allergies and covid-19. Below is a breakdown list from the CDC, 

Common Covid-19 symptoms: 

  • Fever and chills
  • Muscle and body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Common seasonal allergy symptoms: 

  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Sneezing

Similarities between covid-19 and seasonal allergies 

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing*
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
Anthony Carter is a reporter for NBC5 News. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2019. Anthony started his career as a print journalist, covering New York sports and the NBA Draft. He then started his own sports podcast and website covering the Arena Football League. Anthony moved to the Rogue Valley in 2019 as a news producer before joining the NBC5 News family. Anthony likes to workout at the gym, play basketball, and root for his Atlanta Hawks and New York Jets. Want to connect with Anthony? send him an email: [email protected]
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