Is it coronavirus or the flu?
Doctor Frank McGeorge explains what to do if you start suffering symptoms and why the advice will be different this fall, compared to previous years.
Ah, cough, maybe a runny nose, unlike in years past. These days, those symptoms will get you a sideways glance in public. Now, timing wise, if you've had fall allergies in past years, if your symptoms are similar, it would be a good bet that you have fall allergies again. Influenza is very unlikely right now, since there isn't any place in the US with significant flu activity. Yet. Once we get to November, though, the flu will be more likely than allergies. For many. If you have the same fall allergy symptoms you always do, it's more likely that's the answer now. Was covert activity changes possibly increasing into late fall and winter? Co vid may become more likely than even the flu. You also need to consider your symptoms. Symptoms that make it more likely to be allergies include itchy eyes and sneezing. Now a fever or body aches make it unlikely that it's an allergy cove, it or influenza arm or likely in that case, now distinguishing the flu from Cove. It is very challenging, but shortness of breath, vomiting or diarrhea, arm or common with co vid than the flu. And they also make allergies unlikely finally think about your exposures. If you become aware that you were exposed to co vid, especially because it can present with minimal to no symptoms, you need to take any symptoms seriously and get tested.