The puddles and cars are turning yellow so you know what time of the year it is- Pollen Season in Atlanta-and the rest of the country isn't far behind.
But how do you tell the difference between pollen and Coronavirus?
The truth is there isn't a foolproof method. But here are some questions to ask yourself.
1. Do I feel like I do every year around this time?
Chances are this isn't your first allergy season rodeo. So if the runny nose, headache, watery eyes, postnasal drip is familiar to you and you've been taking proper precautions its probably allergies. Better yet start your OTC allergy medicine- usually Flonase and/or Claritin/Allegra/Zyrtec and see if you feel better. These medications are unlikely to help with coronavirus.
2. Do I have a fever?
If you have a fever (generally defined as 100.4 F), you have one for a reason. You may have an infection, you may have the virus, you may have any number of things but if you have a fever it's not a passing thing. At this point please stay home, call your provider if you have one, or schedule a telehealth appointment so we can further screen you and help you take care of whatever is going on.
3. What are your symptoms?
Coronavirus, common colds, and the flu all tend to cause body aches, fever, fatigue, and cough. Allergies tend to be focused on your nose, mouth, and occasionally chest if asthma is triggered by allergies. If you're only sneezing, blowing our nose, and maybe have a slight sore throat in the AM that goes away after drinking water and taking allergy medicine it's unlikely to be Corona.
Nothing is guaranteed and some people are not showing symptoms of the new virus. This means it more important than ever to be vigilant in social distancing. Stay home- only venture out for necessities. Maintain a 6-10 ft radius between you and other people on walks. Wash your hands when leaving and entering your house and car. I know it's hard but we need to save as many people as possible. We can't do it without you doing your part.
If you need a telehealth appointment or need to see us in a mobile visit, please call 470-231-2305 or schedule online. We will be in touch with you shortly after.