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A COVID Symptom or Allergy? 3 Reasons to get Tested for COVID-19

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Seasonal allergies and an uptick in COVID-19 cases may be reason enough to get a new coronavirus test.Photo illustration by Alex Cochran, Deseret News

An increase in COVID-19 cases along with seasonal allergies are among the reasons why a new coronavirus test is recommended

COVID-19 tests are still a good idea for a number of reasons, as virus cases are at a low level.

CBS News reports experts warn of the possibility that symptoms associated with a subvariant of the omicron variant, known as BA.2, might be mistaken for springtime allergies.

  • In an interview with CBS News, Dr. Celine Gounder, a clinical assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine, said COVID-19 can look like allergies to some people.
  • According to her, undergoing a test is the only way to be sure as to why you are experiencing the symptoms you are.

The reasons: Officials with the West Piedmont Health District in Roanoke, Virginia, told WDBJ7-TV that even though cases are low, there are some fundamental reasons to obtain a COVID-19 test as soon as possible.

  • I recommend you get tested if you’ve had COVID-19 symptoms and you’ve been in a large group or if you’ve been around someone with COVID-19.
  • You should consider getting a COVID-19 test if you plan to be around family members who are at risk for HIV infection.
  • It may be helpful to get a COVID-19 test if there is something different about how you feel than what you normally do in the springtime.

This is what they are saying: “COVID is not gone. And it won’t be completely gone anytime soon. There is always going to be a desire to address it and there is a possibility of a variant arising from time to time, which we need to be prepared for,” said Nancy Bell, of the West Piedmont Health District, to WDBJ7-TV.

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Salman Ahmad is a seasoned writer for CTN News, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the platform. With a knack for concise yet impactful storytelling, he crafts articles that captivate readers and provide valuable insights. Ahmad's writing style strikes a balance between casual and professional, making complex topics accessible without compromising depth.

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