Spring is in full swing, and normally that means allergies for many. But with COVID-19 cases are rising againyou may be wondering if you have the virus or if it’s just allergies.

Allergies affect up to 60 million people a year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And this allergy season, coronavirus infections are back on the rise in Los Angeles County, with cases up 40%, public health officials said last week.

Associate this with gusts of wind rise in the next few days, and you’ll wonder if those sniffles are something to worry about.

“Allergy symptoms can certainly mimic COVID symptoms,” the LA County Department of Public Health told KTLA.

The two share some symptoms, including: cough, tiredness, headache, tiredness, sore throat, sneezing, and a runny or stuffy nose, according to the CDC.

But they are also different. Common symptoms of COVID-19 that allergies do not commonly have are: fever or chills, body aches, loss of taste or smell, and shortness of breath. (Seasonal allergies don’t cause shortness of breath unless a person has a respiratory condition like asthma that can be triggered by pollen).

Meanwhile, allergies can cause itching or tearing, which COVID-19 does not commonly do.

The CDC chart below helps you compare symptoms of COVID-19 and seasonal allergies so you can tell the difference:

The CDC shared this table on February 5, 2022 regarding allergies and COVID-19.

Since COVID-19 and seasonal allergies share a number of symptoms, getting tested for coronavirus is advised.

“If people have a new cough or other symptoms of COVID, we still recommend testing and isolating until you have test results,” LA County public health officials said.

If you are sick, you are advised to isolate yourself from others and test yourself for COVID-19. If your symptoms are severe or you have underlying medical conditions that suppress your immune system, you may need to see a healthcare provider.

According to CDC.

The good news is that face masks can reduce outdoor allergies if worn correctly and cleaned regularly, the department added.