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Allergy, cold, flu, asthma or COVID-19?

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Public health authorities in several countries are concerned about a potential second wave of COVID-19 cases in the fall, coinciding with the cold and flu (influenza) season. In addition to these common viruses, there are also allergies, whose seasons may not necessarily be over at the time of a possible second wave, further complicating the picture. Is it COVID-19, a cold, the flu, asthma or a seasonal allergy? What if it’s a combination of several at once?

The following table (source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America [1]) shows the symptoms for each and could be useful in the coming months.

These are only the most common symptoms. Their severity and intensity can vary greatly from person to person. In addition, other symptoms may occur. Allergies, colds and the flu can also trigger asthma attacks. If in doubt, or if you are concerned about your health or if your condition worsens, you should consult a doctor.

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  1. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. “Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know.” https://community.aafa.org/blog/coronavirus-2019-ncov-flu-what-people-with-asthma-need-to-know [consulted July 22, 2020].