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Doctor breaks down how allergy symptoms can mimic COVID-19

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Mid-Michigan NOW anchor Dave Bondy talked to Dr. Alex Horbal with the Midland Allergy Clinic who talked about the differences between COVID-19 and allergies. (Mid-Michigan NOW)

MIDLAND, Mich - Doctor's offices throughout Mid-Michigan have been filled with people suffering from allergies or sinus infections.

Doctors say allergy symptoms can closely resemble some symptoms of COVID-19.

Mid-Michigan NOW anchor Dave Bondy talked to Dr. Alex Horbal with the Midland Allergy Clinic who talked about the differences between COVID-19 and allergies.

Dr. Horbal says the big difference with COVID-19 is symptoms of fever, muscle aches, and chills.


COVID-19 symptoms include the following:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Common allergy symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Itchy nose or ears
  • Post-nasal drip (which can sometimes cause a mild sore throat)
  • Mild fatigue

Dr. Horbal urges everyone not to judge someone if you see them sniffling or coughing, he says many times it could be allergies.