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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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References:

https://www.webmd.com/lung/covid-allergies#1. Accessed 08 August 2021

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/covid-19-cold-flu-and-allergies-differences/art-20503981. Accessed 08 August 2021

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/allergic-rhinitis/. Accessed 08 August 2021

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