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‘Do I have the coronavirus?’ – Allergies vs. flu vs. strep throat vs. coronavirus symptoms

The symptoms of strep throat? Sore throat, chills, and a fever.

The symptoms of coronavirus? Sore throat, chills, and a fever (as well as, shortness of breathe and a cough).

Needless to say, it is acutely difficult for people to differentiate strep throat, the flu, or even seasonal allergies from the coronavirus symptoms. MercyOne New Hampton’s Jennifer Monteith knows about this reality.


Monteith says the biggest indicator of coronavirus over anything else is one main thing: shortness of breath. This symptom should not show up with any other illness being spread around during March. 

But the first symptom that typically shows up starts in the throat.


Monteith believes, though difficult, it is still pretty doable to tell the difference between coronavirus and the flu or allergies.


In closing, she wanted to remind possible patients that MercyOne New Hampton is not taking walk-in check-ups and will only see by appointment. At which point, the hospital will be following a protocol to test for coronavirus.


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