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Spotting the differences between COVID-19 and seasonal allergies

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - As we get further into the spring season, people should recognize the difference between symptoms of seasonal allergies and COVID-19.

Typical symptoms of seasonal allergies include a runny nose, watery eyes and nasal congestion to name a few. Dr. Gabriel Berendes, M.D. of Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse said people should take their allergy medicine, but should also do a self-assessment to determine if their symptoms are something more serious.

"If they have a fever, shortness of breath or muscle aches, those are really symptoms that are more common with COVID-19. Often times, people are familiar with their asthma and allergy symptoms, and they have seen similar symptoms like that before," said Dr. Berendes.

If you are still feeling unsure about whether you have symptoms of seasonal allergies or COVID-19, you can contact your healthcare provider for further guidance.

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