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Allergies? Common cold? Flu? Or COVID-19?

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April 9, 2020

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Dana Lambert
April 17, 2020

In 2018 I had pulmonary edema with sepsis secondary pneumonia, since then I now have autoimmune diseases (3). This last March I was admitted to hospital due to an infection in my small intestines. Now I’m suffering with allergies, fatigue, exhaustion and ear issues. Seems very strange!!!!

Nader
April 14, 2020

It would be nice to have a chart that showed the symptoms of each of the three next to each other. The reader wouldn’t have to jump back and forth to find out the severity of any common symptom in each case.

Maria
April 16, 2020

There is a chart. Scroll back up to section that states:

Still not sure what is causing your symptoms?

and click on “this chart”

j.w, Listic
April 19, 2020

Exactly! A chart is what is most necessary!

Jack-RI
April 13, 2020

Is there any reason to believe that people with HIV who are on the retroviral cocktail would have ANY amount of immunity to the virus?

Janet Pearce
April 10, 2020

Lovely for you to be experiencing the end of winter and all the beautiful spring blossoms and flowers and warmer temperatures even if it means allergies.
Thank you for your comments, they are very helpful- if you are lucky enough to be experiencing spring. I would like to point out that parts of the world do not have the pleasure of spring right now.
Here in Australia and New Zealand, we have opposite seasons to you because we live in the Southern Hemisphere. We are now entering the wonderful season of Autumn, or Fall, as people in the US call it, and yes, some trees are turning beautiful colours, ready to drop their leaves. It too is a beautiful season.
So, in most parts of Aus and NZ, during the months ahead we will cope with coughs, colds, runny noses, fevers, aches and pains which usually accompany winter ills.
Please spare us a thought as we enter the colder months of the year. We do not know how this dreadful virus which is crippling so many aspects of our lives will behave in winter, or if the signs of the virus will be mistaken for the flu. We have that ahead of us.

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