SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – It hasn’t been just illnesses linked to COVID-19 recently, healthcare professionals say they’ve seen several patients arrive with similar symptoms of common viruses and a high number of allergies .
It seems like last year all we could hear was COVID-19. While this poses a threat, other factors can affect your health at this time of year.
As Dr Mark Griesemer of Mercy Hospital explains, he has seen a share of illnesses pass through the emergency room.
“I think we’re starting to see a lot of this typical emergency medical traffic,” Griesemer said. “Over the past two to three weeks, we’ve seen a return to our pre-covid volumes.”
This can be due to several reasons. For example, emergency rooms typically see increased activity due to bone and ligament injuries as the weather warms up.
“I think once again that his people are just coming back into the community and going back to their previous daily routines,” Griesemer said.
But sometimes your symptoms aren’t always black and white. Being able to distinguish between allergies, a cold, or possibly COVID-19 can be difficult.
“Earlier in May, it looked like we had a type of gastrointestinal virus with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea that ran through the community,” Griesemer told me.
Another thing that can bring COVID-like symptoms this time of year are allergies. Dr Minh-Thu Le is an allergist at CoxHealth and says the counts have been high this season.
“We’re seeing a lot of allergies right now and I think every year it just seems to get worse and worse. But it really depends on what you’re allergic to as well, ”said Dr Le.
This is largely due to all the humidity.
“With rain you get a lot of moisture, with humidity you get a lot of mold. So our mold count exploded, ”said Dr Le.
She says that with such high counts, more people than usual can be affected.
“Right now there are a lot of people coming who are not allergic, but the really high levels in the air irritated their nasal passages and their lungs. Give them coughs, wheezes, congestion and people who come in say, “I never had allergies before, I don’t know what’s going on. It’s the mold that’s probably bothering them, ”said Dr. Le.
So how do you know if the symptoms may be from allergies, a cold, or even COVID-19?
“Any of these symptoms would be enough to get tested for COVID-19, especially now that we are seeing a slight increase. Now, if you have been vaccinated, there is much less chance that you have had COVID or that you have COVID at this point, ”said Dr Le.
Beyond that, normal self-hygiene can move forward.
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