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Do I have allergies or coronavirus?

In most parts of the U.S., allergy sufferers notice their symptoms worsen with the onset of tree pollination in February or March followed by grass pollination later in the spring and summer. But in the spring of 2020, many people might be worried that their symptoms are caused not by allergies but by the new coronavirus. If you’re concerned, Advanced Sinus and Allergy Center is here to help.   

What’s the difference between Coronavirus and COVID-19?

In case you’re confused by all the terms used to described Coronavirus, here are a few basic definitions:

Coronavirus: The generic name for a group of RNA viruses that can cause a range of disease in humans and other animals. The name is a reference to the structure of the virus which has petal-like projections that resemble the corona of the sun.

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2): The official name of this specific virus as determined by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.

2019 Novel Coronavirus: A previous name for the virus that was used before the official nomenclature was established.

COVID-19: The name of the disease caused by this particular coronavirus. A virus can have a different name from the disease it causes because viruses are named after their genetic structure as determined by International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). Diseases are named to allow discussion regarding treatment and prevention. The World Health Organization is responsible for naming diseases in the International Classification of Disease (ICD.)

Coronavirus disease: Same as COVID-19.

Symptoms Of COVID-19:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the following symptoms can accompany COVID-19:

Symptoms Of Seasonal Allergies:

Seasonal allergies (also known as Hay Fever or allergic rhinitis) commonly cause the following symptoms:

What to do if you’re feeling sick

If you’re worried about your symptoms you can call for a telehealth appointment. Even though Dr. Caballero is located in Park Ridge, IL in the northwest Chicago area, you can now schedule a telehealth video visit regardless of which state you live in. Telehealth video visits are covered by all insurance plans. Call now to schedule your video visit (847) 655-7442.


The content on this website is for general information purposes only. It should not be considered to be specific healthcare information for any particular reader and it should not be construed to create a physician-patient relationship with the reader. For specific advice pertaining to your health please consult with your personal physician or contact Advanced Sinus and Allergy Center, S.C. for an appointment.

Randy Schueller Randy is Director of Operations for Advanced Sinus and Allergy Center. He has over 30 years experience in Research and Development and is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.

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