Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Allergy Season 2020:
Staying Informed, Staying Safe

It happens every year. You wake up one morning and your eyes feel like they are glued shut. Your nose is running while you brush your teeth, and you must turn up the volume on your car radio because your ears are clogged. You start sneezing when you get to work, and your throat hurts too much to eat your lunch. Millions of Americans deal with seasonal allergies, but 2020 is a little different than previous years.

February through April were always times of high-stress due to seasonal allergies, but this year we are experiencing an extended flu season, as well as a global pandemic in COVID-19. Most states have implemented a quarantine or a “shelter-in-place” order, which requires individuals to stay home unless an emergency arises. Those with COVID-19 symptoms should only leave their quarantine to seek medical attention.

This raises an obvious question: How do I know if I have the disease, or if I am just feeling the symptoms of seasonal allergies?

Dozens of charts have hit the internet from various sources that takes symptom data from the CDC and turns it into an easy-to-follow guide. These charts detail the symptoms of COVID-19, seasonal allergies, and the flu. Using these charts, we can make an informed decision as to what symptoms we are dealing with.

The big symptom that presents in allergies that will not present in COVID-19 is sneezing. Sneezing is one of the most common signs of an allergy, but this symptom is always absent in COVID-19. Sneezing is also rarely a symptom of the flu.
So, how do I manage these symptoms?

Luckily, you can manage your seasonal allergy symptoms while doing your part to limit the spread of COVID-19 by staying indoors and practicing social distancing. Most retail stores, gyms, restaurants, and bars have been shut down, so staying indoors is a rather simple task. If you have the ability to work from home, you limit your exposure to seasonal allergens, and you combat the spread of the disease. If you are actively experiencing symptoms, they can be managed with over-the-counter antihistamines.

What happens if I have been exposed to COVID-19, the flu, or any other contagious disease?

Sometimes it’s warranted to hire a professional to come and sanitize the affected surfaces. 
Savage Restoration should be #1 on your referral list to assist your clients in cleaning and sanitizing building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants.
You will receive superior service from Savage Restoration. 
Savage Restoration is always willing to help you help your insured’s get their properties back to a pre-loss condition. Whether it be WATER, FIRE, MOLD or BIOHAZARD property damage we are “There When You Need Us”.

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