CHI Health tells the public difference between allergies and COVID-19 symptoms

Robinson says this is the time of year the air quality is filled with smoke and pollen from flowers and trees blooming.
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CHI HEALTH WANTS YOU TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SYMPTOMS OF HAVING ALLERGIES OR HAVING COVID-19.

“I ALWAYS SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN MY OFFICE AROUND THIS TIME because the smoke irritates allergies AND SO ITS A REALLY challenging TIME BECAUSE ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW BECAUSE EVERYONE IS HYPER SENSITIVE TO THEIR SYMPTOMS,” said Dr. Aaron Robinson, for CHI Health.

 ROBINSON SAYS THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR THE AIR QUALITY IS FILLED WITH SMOKE AND POLLEN FROM FLOWERS AND TREES BLOOMING. HE POINTS OUT THAT BECAUSE DOCTORS ARE SEEING FEWER PATIENTS AT A TIME, EACH PERSON SHOULD IDENTIFY IF YOUR SYMPTOMS ARE NORMAL OR ABNORMAL.

“Is this a normal time for you to have allergies?” says Robinson. “If it is and you’re having those symptoms, that’s probably what it is and things your thinking about with allergies stuffy nose, runny nose, postnasal drip stuff going down the back your throat, a mild sore throat.”

THE SYMPTOMS HE WANTS YOU TO PAY ATTENTION TO, “What you won’t see in allergies but you will see with COVID-19 are things like fevers a dry persistent cough that’s new to you, not something you usually have and a feeling of tiredness, fatigue body aches.”

HE EVEN POINTS OUT A NEW SYMPTOM MEDICAL WORKERS ARE FINDING IN CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS.

“WE’RE SEEING IT MORE OFTEN IN NEW PATIENTS AND THAT IS A LOSS OF SENSE OF SMELL AND A SENSE OF TASTE,” adds robinson.SO IF YOU HAVE THOSE COME RIGHT AWAY THAT WOULD BE AN INDICATOR YOU SHOULD TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR.”

A COMMON QUESTION IS WHEN SHOULD YOU CONTACT A DOCTOR? ANDERSON SAYS KEYS FACTORS ARE IF YOU’VE TRAVELED OR KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS COVID-19, TO MAKE THE CALL.

“An easy way to do a symptom check is to go online to CHIHEALTH.com and there’s a symptom checker right there. the first thing you pull it up and it asks you 4 or 5 simple questions and it will tell you whether or not you are at high risk or not and then the next steps from there which might involve testing.” 

ROBINSON SAYS STICKING TO CDC GUIDELINES AND STAYING INDOORS WILL KEEP EVERYONE SAFE.

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