As Allergy Season quickly approaches, it is important to remember to stock up on physician recommended allergy medications and to start them NOW. Many allergy symptoms can be the same as COVID-19 symptoms, and will be especially hard to manage when mask wearing is involved. It will be important to recognize when symptoms are allergy related so that we can avoid dismissing students and referring for Covid testing unnecessarily.
Symptoms include itchy eyes and skin, sneezing, nasal congestion, wheezing, and rash. Seasonal allergies can result from grass, weed, tree pollen, or molds. Cat and dog dander allergies are also common. There are many options for over the counter medications (both oral and eye drops) that if administered daily can help manage uncomfortable allergy symptoms.
If you anticipate that your child will be experiencing seasonal allergy symptoms this spring, please ask their pediatrician for a note so that we have record of their diagnosis and any medications they may be taking.
Vaccinated individuals who are not close contacts should follow the testing and quarantine response protocols if they are experiencing symptoms in bold. These individuals may also seek clinical guidance to assess the need for PCR testing if they have other symptoms on this list.