The appearance of this new coronavirus has set off alarms, not only from health authorities and institutions, but also from people’s conscience. A recent study revealed that more than half of American adults are interested in increasing their self-care even after the pandemic.

Self-care does not only mean maintaining healthy habits and avoiding those behaviors that put us at risk for diseases. We could say that it also implies some action the moment we observe peculiar symptoms, to receive prompt treatment and avoid affecting others.

Well, in the middle of a pandemic this can be a difficult task, since with the change of seasons and their typical diseases it can cause some confusion. However, specialists are here to guide the public in the correct identification of symptoms.

Fever, diarrhea, or difficulty breathing make all the difference

As noted by Dr. Michael Benninger, President of the Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute, “We know that it will be very difficult for many people at this time to distinguish between their allergies and whether or not they have something more significant.” But in the middle of this season, there is a need to “take a logical approach to symptoms,” he added in a clinic news release.

We already know that COVID-19 can commonly cause fever and dry cough, as well as shortness of breath, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea, fatigue, chills, muscle pain, loss of taste and smell, and body aches. These are all well-identified symptoms of the new infection, although there are cases where more serious ones may occur.

When comparing coronavirus with other conditions like a cold or seasonal allergies, there are certain points that set it apart. Benninger said it is rare for the common cold or seasonal allergies to cause fever, diarrhea, or difficulty breathing. In the absence of these symptoms, possibly one of them.

Sneezing can occur in both allergies and the common cold, but itchy eyes are quite rare in the latter. Also, “If you have a cough, that’s more associated with a common cold than allergies, unless you have allergic asthma.”

Differentiate asthma from coronavirus

And is that asthma can not be overlooked, since it is also a disease that affects the respiratory system, and its symptoms can be present in the allergy season. And with the coronavirus prowling around, there is no need to learn to differentiate them.

In this regard, Benninger says that shortness of breath and shortness of breath are symptoms shared by asthma and coronavirus. But in the absence of fever it is more likely to be an asthma attack.

In a previous article we talked about the importance of people who know they have asthma being up to date with their treatment during these times. This is not only because it will prevent them from requiring medical attention to attend an attack, but because they are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill if they are infected with coronavirus.