Even though it looks like the COVID-19 infection numbers continue to remain low, you should know that there are still reasons why you should get tested for the virus!
One of them is if you think what you’re experiencing are seasonal allergies!
This is because many of the symptoms of COVID-19 can be mistaken for those of springtime allergies, so it is better to be safe than sorry.
More precisely, according to CBS News, experts warn that omicron’s subvariant, known as BA.2, comes with an array of symptoms that are pretty much identical to the ones you experience if you suffer from allergies.
Clinical assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Dr. Celine Gounder, shared with the news outlet that at this point, it is really difficult to accurately tell the differences between allergies and the symptoms of BA.2, reason for which it is recommended that you take a COVID test if you experience any.
According to the expert, getting a test is the best way to ensure you are safe and that you truly know what you’re dealing with.
West Piedmont Health District told WDBJ7-TV in Roanoke, Virginia officials say that, even though cases are still low, there are important reasons why people should get tested for COVID-19 as much as possible, especially if they experience symptoms.
For instance, it’s indicated you get tested if you have been exposed to someone you know has COVID-19 or if you have been in a large crowd recently.
Tests are also really helpful if you are planning on spending time with any high-risk friends or family members.
Of course, if you are experiencing any allergy-like symptoms that are even slightly different from what you usually experience in the spring, make sure to get tested!
Nancy Bell, from the West Piedmont Health District, explained via WDBJ7-TV that “COVID is not gone. It is not going to go fully away. It is always going to be at the back of our minds and a variant can pop up here or there and we really need to be ready for that.”