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Hay Fever Symptoms and Coronavirus

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Tasmanians who suffer from hay fever should get tested for coronavirus if they experience symptoms, advise Public Health. Hay fever can cause a runny, itchy or blocked nose, sneezing, itchy, sore and watery eyes and sometimes a cough. These can also be symptoms of a cold, influenza or coronavirus. “Without a test, it can be […]

Tasmanians who suffer from hay fever should get tested for coronavirus if they experience symptoms, advise Public Health.

Hay fever can cause a runny, itchy or blocked nose, sneezing, itchy, sore and watery eyes and sometimes a cough. These can also be symptoms of a cold, influenza or coronavirus. “Without a test, it can be hard to tell them apart,” said the Director of Public Health, Dr Mark Veitch.

With as many as one in four Tasmanians living with hay fever, it is vital that people don’t dismiss any symptoms as simply being a ‘normal’ response to a seasonal flareup of their hay fever.

He noted that there is evidence that some people who have caught coronavirus first believed they were simply suffering from hay fever.

“We do not want Tasmanians to think that their symptoms could only be hay fever without first ruling out coronavirus,” Dr Veitch said.

“The message to Tasmanians is if you have hay fever, even mildly, please get tested for coronavirus, just in case. While you wait for the result, please stay at home. Don’t go to work or school. If your result is negative, see your GP about controlling the symptoms and get a certificate to allow you to attend work or school.”

If symptoms get worse or change during the hay fever season, it is recommended to go back to a doctor for review and possibly re-testing for coronavirus.

“We understand that many Tasmanians will find these requirements frustrating given their own experience of hay fever, but it is very important that, as a community we do not miss coronavirus cases with symptoms like hay fever,” Dr Veitch said.

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For more information, visit www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au.

Source: Tasmanian Times https://tasmaniantimes.com/2020/09/hay-fever-symptoms-coronavirus/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hay-fever-symptoms-coronavirus

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