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With common colds, the flu and COVID-19 sharing some similar symptoms, this can be an anxious time.  Now that hay fever season is also underway, there’s another option to add to the list – so what differences are there between the symptoms of COVID-19 and hay fever?

Boots has created this handy at-a-glance chart which displays the similarities and differences of hay fever and COVID-19 symptoms –

From the chart we can see that whilst some symptoms are shared by the two conditions, some can help us to differentiate.

 A runny or stuffy nose, sneezing and itchy, watery eyes are all common in hay fever sufferers, whilst are not generally connected with COVID-19.  (A runny or stuffy nose is noted as rare with COVID-19).

Fever and a dry continuous cough are both common in COVID-19 patients.  Whilst some hay fever sufferers do experience a dry cough, fever is not common with hay fever. 

Boots has also created this handy chart to check the differences between COVID-19, cold, flu, hay fever and asthma symptoms.

In the case that you experience symptoms of COVID-19 contact the NHS online service, or call 111 if you are unable to access the online service.

This news item was first spotted in the Independent, you can find the article here.

How can I help someone to do this?

If you know someone who is uncertain about the differences in symptoms between hay fever and COVID-19, you could send them this post or give them a call and talk through it with them.

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