by Chhavi Madaan | 2020-08-19

Absence of prominent symptoms for almost two weeks before the COVID-19 virus is detected in the system has people quizzing and thoroughly monitoring the subtlest fluctuations in their health. Sneezing is suspected by many as a symptom of Coronavirus.


Is Sneezing a Likely Symptom of Coronavirus?

Some of the most familiar symptoms observed in COVID-19 patients are:

  • Dry Cough
  • Shortness of Breath and Difficulty Breathing
  • Pain in Chest
  • Sore Throat
  • Fever
  • Loss of Taste and Smell
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches,
  • Discoloration of Fingers and Toes

Sneezing does not seem to be a standard or reliable symptom of Coronavirus. However, Sneezing is a possible medium of transmission of the virus from one person to another via droplets and mucus.

How to Distinguish between Common Flu and Sneezing as a Symptom of Coronavirus

Although Sneezing was registered as a symptom in a few patients, Sneezing cannot be considered a reliable sign. Sneezing can be a reaction to changing weather conditions or certain environmental stimuli which irritate the system.

Many people experience flu-like symptoms due to seasonal changes.

The shift from Summers to Monsoons brings about drastic changes in the weather with intense humidity throughout the day. Moreover, people are also accustomed to beating the heat through Air Conditioners, Ceiling Fans, and Coolers. The body tries adapting to the varying external temperatures by altering its temperature from within. Sneezing is a consequence of this process.

Often fever-like symptoms are also noted, which are similar to the COVID-19 virus symptoms.

The onset of monsoons is a favorable season for the flourishing of flora. Certain types of plants or pollen can induce allergic reactions. Sneezing could also merely be a reaction to dust particles.

Self-Detection of Sneezing as a COVID-19 Symptom

Individuals can self-detect the difference between Sneezing as a symptom of COVID-19 virus or a usual adaptation of the body to environmental stimuli. One must assess:

  • Their travel history or any interaction or social activity that could have been a possible mode of transmission
  • Maintain a record of past allergies throughout the different seasons.
  • Before concluding Sneezing as a COVID-19 symptom, individuals can try their medications for allergies.
  • Analyze the presence of other Coronavirus symptoms. If Sneezing, along with other Symptoms, persists, individuals should immediately reach out to the authorities.

Doctors and Health Administrators strongly suggest using masks to prevent transmission of droplets onto another person. Sneezing is most likely not a Coronavirus symptom. Still, each individual should continue following health protocols such as wearing a mask, social distancing, frequent washing of hands, and indulging in immunity strengthening activities.

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay Tuned.


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