Do I have allergies or COVID-19?

It can be hard to tell if that tickle in your throat is just your seasonal allergies acting up, or if it’s something more serious. But a quick check of your symptoms can help you identify whether it’s time to consider getting tested for COVID-19

In the meantime, make sure to call your healthcare provider for advice if you have any concerning symptoms.


Your environment has recently changed

Allergy symptoms also tend to worsen with environmental changes and are aggravated by dust, pollen, or pet dander. Typically, you can alleviate allergy symptoms by moving yourself to a space with better air quality.

Your eyes are watering

Whether you’re sneezing or have itchy, watery eyes, it’s more likely that you are experiencing allergies. According to the CDC, these two symptoms are more common with seasonal allergies, though you may need a test to confirm your diagnosis. 

Some allergy symptoms overlap with COVID-19, including shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue, headache, runny nose, nasal congestion, and sore throat. If you are experiencing symptoms that are common to both, get your COVID-19 status checked just to be sure – you can even do so from the comfort of your own home!

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19

You have a fever

A fever is one of the biggest signs that your symptoms are more than allergies, which can’t cause a fever. Chills and body aches are also signs that your symptoms could be something more serious. However, a lack of fever doesn’t mean that you haven’t been infected. The only way to know for sure is to get tested.

You’ve lost your sense of taste/smell

One COVID-19 symptom many people experience is the loss of taste or smell. For many people, it’s the only symptom of COVID-19 that they experience. While researchers are still trying to find out why this symptom occurs, losing these senses can be a sign that it’s time to get tested to avoid spreading the virus.

Even with these clear differences, epidemiologists are still learning about all the potential symptoms of COVID-19. If you’re concerned about your health or think you may have been exposed, don’t wait until symptoms worsen to get tested. Order our at-home COVID-19 test, and get results in just a few days.

Note: This is a brief overview of emerging evidence and should not be taken as treatment advice or treatment recommendations for any individual or specific medical condition. The strategies reviewed may not be appropriate for you. For any treatment advice or consideration we strongly suggest discussions with your personal healthcare professionals.


There are several helpful things you can do to protect yourself and others. Follow this free checklist while you’re waiting on your test results.

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