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Is it a Cold, Allergies or COVID-19?

By Gregory T. Williams, MD
Chief of Infectious Disease

This time of year, it can be difficult to know if your symptoms are the sign of a cold, allergies, or possibly COVID-19. Use the chart below to see what your symptoms could mean. Keep in mind the range of symptoms for COVID-19 is quite broad due to the different variants which means telling the difference between COVID-19 and a cold can be difficult without testing. In addition, people who are vaccinated but have a breakthrough COVID-19 infection may experience different symptoms than those who are not vaccinated.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from asymptomatic to mild upper or lower respiratory symptoms, to severe pneumonia. If any of the symptoms in the chart below persist, talk to your primary care provider about the best course of action to take. Home tests are an effective way to determine if you have COVID-19. It’s a good idea to use a test kit as early as possible and repeat per the instructions. If you are someone at high risk of progression to severe disease and believe you have COVID-19, get tested as quickly as possible whether at home or by your PCP. It’s important to start any antiviral treatment for COVID-19 early (within 5 days).


Is it a Cold, Allergies or COVID-19?

About Gregory T. Williams, MD, Chief of Infectious Disease

Ever since he was a child, Dr. Greg T. Williams knew he wanted to be a doctor. “It was just one of those things, I always knew I wanted to be in medicine. I think it was a combination of enjoying science and wanting to help others that led me to decide to become a doctor,” he explains.

Dr. Williams works in the Division of Infectious Disease at Reliant Medical Group, helping to diagnose and treat a wide range of viral, bacterial,...

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