Allergic rhinitis is caused by your immune system reacting to an allergen such as pollen, dust, mold or dander (flakes of skin from certain animals). On the other hand, Covid-19 is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.
Covid-19 and allergic rhinitis have many similar signs and symptoms. Knowing the difference can enable prompt medical treatment, as well as prevent undue worry. The Mayo Clinic provides a useful table of comparison:
If you experience signs and symptoms associated with Covid-19, seek medical advice immediately.
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