There are fever symptoms ‘mistaken for Covid’ as Met Office forecasts high pollen count


Are there fever symptoms got you down? You won’t be the only one as the Met Office has reported high amounts of pollen in the air.

Scotland’s central belt and southern areas will be hit with an abundance of pollen today, the forecaster warned.

It comes after warnings from the Met Office that an early pollen release is likely this year due to a ‘mild winter’ and the early arrival of spring.

Sniffly there are fever sufferers say they’re ‘dreading’ summer, reporting that their symptoms have been so bad they’ve had to cancel plans, the Mirror reported.

It’s peak time for seasonal allergies, but given the times, the common ailment is often confused with Covid as coughing, sneezing and loss of smell are symptoms of both.



People with hay fever say their symptoms have been confused with Covid

A study of 1,500 people with the allergy found itchy eyes, runny noses and constant sneezing makes the season far from enjoyable for 48 per cent.

More than a quarter (27 percent) have been forced to take days off work before because their hay fever symptoms were so bad.

And 44 percent ‘dread’ socializing because of the impact the symptoms have on their appearance.

Stephan Lang, split and sky air specialist at air purifier manufacturer Daikin UK said: “Most of us look forward to summer for obvious reasons, but for some it can be a really tough time.

“It can be hard to appreciate just how debilitating no fever can be if you’ve never suffered from it.

“Having clean, fresh air in the home is bound to be a priority for no fever sufferers, especially as the warmer weather arrives and the temptation to open windows comes into play.”

And 43 per cent have even been accused of having Covid-19 due to their spluttering.

But while it’s not quite the same as having someone to talk to, it turns out our pets can suffer from pollen allergies too.

Almost a fifth (18 percent) of hay fever sufferers have noticed similar symptoms in their dogs, and many have sought treatments for them, such as oral medication (41 percent) and ear drops (40 percent).

When it comes to managing their own symptoms, 29 percent of respondents, polled by OnePoll, have kept windows and doors tightly shut – even in the height of summer.

A quarter have stripped off and jumped in the shower as soon as they arrive home to wash any pollen off, while 15 percent have bought an air purifier.

More than a quarter (27 percent) have spent the entire day in bed when the pollen count is too high, while one in five have struggled to look after their children.

A fifth (21 percent) have even had to cancel a staycation, while 51 per cent find their hay fever affects their sleep.

Stephan Lang added: “There are lots of things people do to try and alleviate their hay fever symptoms, so they don’t have to miss out during the warmer months.

“And nearly half say they’ll still go outside regardless of how terrible they feel, because they want to enjoy the warmer weather.

“That’s why having a clean, healthy home to return to is vital.

“By removing allergens from the air, our compact air purifiers – which have a special pollen mode – can help make summer more enjoyable for those with hay fever, and put them more in control of the environment they’re in.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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