Seasonal Allergies, COVID-19 or the Flu

Covid-19 or Allergies: What you need to know today.

Posted: April 14, 2020 11:31 AM PT | Last updated April 14, 2020


With spring right around the corner, we are saying goodbye to winter and the dreary weather. It also means we are entering into allergy season. This year, with COVID-19 being so prominent, it can get confusing to know if the symptoms you are experiencing are from allergies, the seasonal flu, the common cold or COVID-19. To help differentiate between them, we have gathered up some of the main symptoms each of these conditions can present with. 

Main symptoms of COVID-19 

  • fever 
  • tiredness
  • dry cough
  • shortness of breath occuring 5-10 days after developing a fever. 

Less Common Symptoms that can be confused with the flu, a cold or allergies include:

  • body aches and pains 
  • wheezing
  • diarrhea
  • nasal congestion 
  • runny nose 
  • sore throat

Common Symptom of Seasonal Allergies (Hay Fever): 

  • runny nose
  • itchy eyes mouth or skin
  • sneezing
  • nasal congestion 

Less common symptoms are:

  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath 
  • fatigue

The Main Symptoms of the Seasonal Flu (Influenza) are: 

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • muscle/body aches
  • headache
  • and tiredness

Less Common Symptoms are:

  • sneezing 
  • sore throat 
  • runny nose
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • and shortness of breath if you develop pneumonia

Main Symptoms of a Common Cold are:

  • sneezing
  • stuffy nose
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • chest discomfort

Less Common Symptoms are:

  • fatigue
  • body aches

It can be a confusing time for everyone, if you do develop any of the above symptoms and are unsure if they are from Seasonal Allergies, Seasonal Flu, Common Cold or COVID-19, we recommend you contact your family doctor or call the 811 line for more guidance. We also advise self-isolation for 14 days for any symptoms that could resemble symptoms from the Season Flu, Common Cold and COVID-19 categories above. 

Sourced from: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/flu-allergies-coronavirus-different-symptomsssible photo could be of the Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver. I always feel they are a beautiful  reminder that spring is finally here in Vancouver!


If you are experiencing symptoms, stay calm, stay home, and call a healthcare provider.