As the seasons are changing, tensions are rising. Sniffle season is officially among us. While paranoia is at an all-time high, people are quickly becoming uneasy around those who suffer from seasonal allergies. To those with allergies, the discomfort is nothing new, but the accompanying anxiety is unparalleled. The looming question that’s on everyone’s mind, “How can you tell if you’re suffering from seasonal allergies or COVID-19?”

Uniprix has released an infographic comparing the signs and symptoms of seasonal allergies vs COVID-19:

Image Source: Uniprix. Sign and symptom comparison infographic of allergies vs COVID-19.
  Seasonal allergies COVID-19
Runny Nose Very liquid (transparent), may sometimes thicken Rare
Nasal congestion Both nostrils Rare
Sneezing Common None
Itchiness In the nose or throat None
Red, watery, or itchy eyes Common None
Cough Sometimes, especially if the person is asthmatic Common
Shortness of Breath Sometimes (asthma flares, COPD flares) Sometimes
Fevers None Common
Fatigue None Common


It’s important to remember that every person’s body is different. Our bodies’ individual chemical makeup differs; meaning that it’s vital to review signs and symptoms on a case-by-case basis. A good point-of-reference for determining whether or not you may just be suffering from another bout of seasonal allergies is to compare how you are feeling with how you have felt in the past when your allergies have flared up. This does not mean that you can confidently rule out infection from SARS-CoV-2. Unless you have received a negative COVID-19 test and have confirmed it with your doctor – it’s best to play it safe to reduce the spread. If you are unsure if your symptoms are indicative of allergies or coronavirus disease, please wear a mask.

This article is not intended as medical advice and does not replace the diagnosis or instructions of a trained health care provider. If you suspect that you may have COVID-19 and/or have any symptoms, you should follow the guidelines on Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Québec | Gouvernement du Québec.



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