COVID-19 and seasonal allergies share many similar symptoms, but there are some key differences between the two. For example, COVID-19 can cause a fever, which is not a common symptom of seasonal allergies. A subset of patients with COVID-19 may complain of not being able to taste or smell, or experience diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms.
Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River (NHCPR) has established a separate acute care clinic, called the COVID Response Team, staffed with a full-time provider and registered nurse specifically to address the needs of patients with flu-like symptoms and other symptoms overlapping with COVID-19. NHCPR has a COVID telephone hot-line incorporated into our phone tree. You can reach the COVID hotline by calling 301-342-1506, option #5.
At the end of the day, if you are unsure about your symptoms, then you should err on the side of caution. If you aren’t feeling well, stay indoors and contact your health care provider. This is the best way to ensure that you aren’t contributing to the spread of coronavirus.