Are your symptoms from allergies, asthma or COVID-19?


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – CBS 17 is getting answers about how to distinguish allergy and asthma symptoms from coronavirus symptoms.

Traci Gonzales, nurse practitioner and spokesperson for the American Lung Association, said a fever is the biggest distinguishing factor.

“If you are having a cough, shortness of breath and fever then we need to think outside the box and think maybe this is something different than seasonal allergies,” said Gonzales.

Symptoms of seasonal allergies include congestion, runny nose, sneezing and itchiness. Those with asthma typically suffer from an added cough and shortness of breath.

The American Lung Association said if you are noticing a drastic change in symptoms it may be time to call your doctor.

“If I could drive home one point to people with asthma, COPD, and any underlying lung condition, it is to stay home,” Gonzales said.

She said now is the time to have strong and well working lungs. If you smoke, now is the time to stop because medical experts say smoking alters the immune defense system in the lung.

“I want to make sure that you have plenty of medications and that you are taking them every single day as prescribed by your provider,” said Gonzales.

Are you winded by just walking from room to room inside your house? Do you find that you become short of breath with your everyday activity? What about talking – are you pausing mid-sentence to take a deep breath? If so, these are all indications that you are working harder to breathe and experiencing shortness of breath and should call your doctor.

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