Is it allergies, the flu, a cold, or COVID-19?

How to Tell the Difference

Indications of COVID-19, the flu, the common cold and even seasonal allergies can be very similar. To help you tell the difference between these conditions, here’s a roundup of their most commonly associated symptoms.

Symptoms Allergies Cold Flu COVID-19
Body Aches X Sometimes
Chills Rarely X Sometimes

Dry Cough

Fatigue Sometimes X X X
Fever Rarely X X
Headache X Rarely X Sometimes
Itchy Eyes X
Loss of Taste/Smell Sometimes Rarely Sometimes X
Nasal Congestion X X X Rarely
Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea Sometimes Sometimes Sometimes
Runny Nose X X X Rarely
Sneezing X X X Sometimes
Sore Throat Sometimes X X Sometimes
Shortness of Breath Sometimes Rarely X X

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