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Concern about catching the COVID-19 virus has made everyone more aware of the people around them. This includes being aware of people nearby who are showing signs of sickness. While being around people who are coughing and sneezing used to be an annoyance, now it’s reason for concern. Are they contagious? Do they have COVID-19?
If you have allergies, expect less concern for how you feel and more concern that you keep your distance.
Try not to take it personally. Here are some things to do:
And here’s something vital to remember: Even if you “just” have allergies, you can still get COVID-19. That means the safety measures recommended for everyone apply to you, too.
Stay alert to changes in your symptoms that seem different than what you get with allergies. A cough alone may not be cause for concern, but if you get a fever or have trouble breathing, don’t wait to call your doctor.
Originally published 4/2/2020; Reviewed 2022
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