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Differences between Hay Fever and COVID-19

Hey there Smilers. It’s already March, and it’s going to be hay fever season soon. With COVID-19 still being infectious, it is easy to confuse the hay fever with the COVID-19 as their symptoms are similar. In this article we are going to differentiate the two and help you familiarize yourself with the symptoms.

Hey there Smilers. It’s already March, and it’s going to be hay fever season soon. With COVID-19 still being infectious, it is easy to confuse the hay fever with the COVID-19 as their symptoms are similar. In this article we are going to differentiate the two and help you familiarize yourself with the symptoms.

Table of Contents

1. What is hay fever?

Hay fever usually occurs in Japan from February through April during the spring period. The triggering factors for hay fever include: pollen, mold, pet hair, dust mites and chemical irritations. Hay fever is not contagious and will last a few weeks as you will be exposed to the pollen outside. The most common symptoms of hay fever are runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes. It is only on rare occasions that you will have a mild fever or headache.

2. How do I prevent me from getting hay fever?

As we mentioned earlier, from February through the end of April, the pollen level will be very high in Japan. To reduce your chance of getting hay fever, we recommend that you stay at home as much as you can during that period and make sure to keep the windows closed. If you must go out, make sure to use a mask and wear sunglasses. This will help protect your face from getting exposed to pollen. We also recommend that you refrain from rubbing your eyes and wash your hands when you get home and wash your clothes that you wore out as they may gather pollen.

3. Differences in symptoms between hay fever and COVID-19

The symptoms for COVID-19 and hay fever are somewhat similar. People tend to get confused between the both of them. The table below will show you the symptoms for both hay fever and COVID-19

 

 

Hay fever

COVID-19

Runny or stuffy nose

Runny nose

Sneezing and coughing

Persistent coughing

Sore eyes

Loss in sense of smell and/or taste

Itchy throat, mouth, and nose

High fever

Itchy, red, watering eyes

Shortness of breath

Reduced sense of smell

Sore throat

Pain around temples and forehead

Aches and pains

Headache

Headache

Earache

Diarrhea

Minor fatigue

Fatigue

 

The table below will show you the probability of having these symptoms for both hay fever and COVID-19. Each and every person’s conditions may vary widely.

 

Symptoms

Hay fever

Covid-19

Fever

Rare-(mild)

Common

Fatigue

Occasional

Occasional

Cough

Occasional

Common

Sneezing

Common

None

Joint pain

None

Occasional

Runny nose

Common

Rare

Sore throat

Rare

Common

Diarrhea

None

Rare

Headache

Rare

Common

Shortness of breath

Occasional

Common

Itchy eyes

Common

None



If you are still unsure after checking the table above, we strongly advise you to call your local doctor or visit the hospital for a checkup. If you have any difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure and a new state of confusion or not waking, it is most likely that you have COVID-19, and we advise you to call health authorities as soon as possible.

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