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How People with Seasonal Allergies Can Take Corona Virus Precautions

How People with Seasonal Allergies Can Take Corona Virus Precautions

COVID-19 has changed a lot of our routines, and if you have seasonal allergies, you may have special worries about certain precautions like wearing a mask. How can people who have seasonal allergies protect themselves from coronavirus?

Seasonal Allergies vs. COVID-19


Firstly, let’s clarify what the differences between the two are. Seasonal allergies are triggered during specific times of the year when pollen and spores are released into the air. Pollen and spores are harmless, but for some people, they are interpreted as threats by the immune system, and so the body overreacts, leading to symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, rashes, coughing, and sneezing.

COVID-19 is a virus spread through contact with the infected, lurking in droplets we emit when we cough, sneeze, breathe, and so on. Coronavirus symptoms include fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, chills, intense fatigue, and even loss of smell or taste. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and some people are asymptomatic entirely.

One of the biggest indicators that you have seasonal allergies is that you get your symptoms at the same time each year. With coronavirus, you are susceptible at any time. If you don’t have a fever but display other symptoms like coughing or sneezing, that’s another sign that you might have allergies instead of COVID. If you are unsure whether you have coronavirus or not, it’s best to consult a physician, or if you feel it’s an emergency, urgent care.

Importantly, there are medications we can take to combat allergies. Decongestants help clear our noses and antihistamines can lessen symptoms. If you are already taking medication for your seasonal allergies, continue to take it as prescribed so you are feeling 100%. As for coronavirus, there is no vaccine yet, so it’s all the more important we avoid it.

As to whether seasonal allergies put you at a greater risk of getting coronavirus or not, the answer is, we don’t know yet. Regardless, whether you have seasonal allergies or not, you should do your part to see you and everyone around you can stay free from COVID infection.

Masks
 

Everyone should wear masks where possible, and this includes people with asthma and seasonal allergies. Masks are an important precaution against spreading COVID, as it is spread through droplets we eject when we speak, breathe, and sneeze. Because there is a delay between getting coronavirus and becoming symptomatic, and because many people are asymptomatic, mask-wearing is absolutely essential at slowing the rate of infection.

For people with mild asthma or seasonal allergies, wearing a mask will not inhibit your ability to breathe. If you find breathing difficult while wearing a mask, consider switching to a mask with a different fabric or try to adjust how your mask is positioned. If neither of these two solutions works, and you are unable to wear a mask, then it is vital that you limit your time in public spaces, for you are putting yourself and others at a greater risk. Note also that a variety of businesses from restaurants to bowling alleys to alcohol rehab centers require you to wear masks. If you are unable to wear a mask, it is vital you limit your time in public spaces. Use delivery services for shopping and eating rather than going out, and disinfect your house before and after visitors stop by.

Most dust masks and allergy masks might provide protection against pollen and protect you from allergens, but if the mask’s fabric isn’t thick enough or if it doesn’t have multiple layers, it won’t do much good against COVID-19. Look for masks with multiple layers and masks capable of filtering out most particles, including droplets.

If you opt for a cloth mask, be sure to wash it after every use. Droplets and pollen alike will cling to your mask, so it’s best to keep it clean.

How People with Seasonal Allergies Can Take Corona Virus Precautions

Protect Yourself Against Allergens and COVID
 

Some of the ways we protect ourselves against seasonal allergies and coronavirus line up. One of the best ways to avoid both is to stay inside where possible. Spending time outdoors increases your chance of inhaling pollen which may trigger allergies, and it puts you at risk of encountering a person or surface with COVID particles.

If you do go outside, be sure to wear an effective mask and practice social distancing. One additional element Immediate Clinic recommends for sufferers of seasonal allergies is to check the pollen count. Try to avoid going outside at times where there is a lot of pollen in the air.

Be sure to wash your masks and your clothes too after using them, for they can track both coronavirus and allergens into your house unless regularly cleaned.

The Take-Aways
 

There is no evidence people with seasonal allergies are at a greater risk of getting coronavirus, but they still ought to take the same precautions. Firstly, note the differences between seasonal allergies and coronavirus so you do not confuse the two with each other. If you think you might have coronavirus, though, be sure to contact a physician immediately.

People with seasonal allergies are still able to wear masks. If you have trouble breathing to the point where you do not wear a mask, try to limit your time in public spaces. Continue to follow guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Finally, some practices can ward off both coronavirus and seasonal allergies, like staying indoors and frequently washing your clothes.

No one enjoys coronavirus or seasonal allergies. Keep yourself and those around you healthy!


About the author:

Patrick Bailey is a professional writer mainly in the fields of mental health, addiction, and living in recovery. He attempts to stay on top of the latest news in the addiction and the mental health world and enjoy writing about these topics to break the stigma associated with them.