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Is It Coronavirus...Or Just The Usual Seasonal Ailments?

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As coronavirus dominates headlines, people worried about showing symptoms should remember: it’s still flu season and allergy season is just beginning.

Jason Davis of Lane County Health and Human Services says it’s easy to confuse the symptoms.  While the flu and COVID-19 can both cause fevers, runny nose, aches, and fatigue…

"...with influenza, you typically don’t have difficulty breathing. You typically don’t feel like someone is sitting on your chest, and you just can’t get a deep breath of air," Davis tells KLCC. 

"So that sensation, that feeling is really unique to COVID and differentiates between COVID and influenza. Really those are the two biggest diagnostic factors and differences between the two.”

Davis adds that flu season generally ends in early May.

As for allergies, there’s sneezing, wheezing, fatigue, and sometimes rashes and face swelling…but sufferers won’t have a fever, which is symptomatic with COVID-19.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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