I think we can all agree that this has been a really weird 18 months. First we had the outbreak of a terrifying illness that swept throughout the world and caused a massive pandemic, and just when we got used to saying the words 'face masks' 'coronavirus' and 'COVID-19' in everyday conversation and things seemed to be calming down, all of the sudden we needed to add the word 'variant' to our vocabulary. Add in a major dose of monsoonal rains and flooding and you have all the ingredients for the "Is this a bout of seasonal allergies or do I have the COVID?"

Well it turns out there are a few things that you can keep an eye on to figure out if you are just suffering from allergies and not from COVID-19. Keep in mind that with the virus and its variants still raging, if you are really in doubt you should definitely get tested for COVID-19 because if you do have it you'll need to quarantine and let people around you know that you have it.

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Here is a comparison of some of the symptoms of the two illnesses so you can compare your symptoms:

COVID

Cough-Usually (dry)
Fever-Usually
Muscle aches-Usually
Tiredness-Usually
Itchy nose, eyes, mouth or inner ear-Never
Sneezing-Rarely
Sore throat-Usually
Runny or stuffy nose-Usually
Pink eye (conjunctivitis)-Sometimes
Nausea or vomiting-Sometimes
Diarrhea-Sometimes
New loss of taste or smell-Usually (early — often without a runny or stuffy nose)

ALLERGIES

Cough - Sometimes
Fever - Rarely
Muscle aches - Never
Tiredness - Sometimes
Itchy nose, eyes, mouth or inner ear - Usually
Sneezing - Usually
Sore throat - Rarely
Runny or stuffy nose - Usually
Pink eye (conjunctivitis) - Sometimes
Nausea or vomiting - Never
Diarrhea - Never
New loss of taste or smell - Sometimes often with a stuffy nose

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Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.