COVID-19 and hay fever or asthma

Asthma and hay fever sufferers may have symptoms that overlap with COVID-19 symptoms for days, weeks or months at a time.

We recommend that everybody in the community gets tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild.

If you have asthma or hay fever, you need a good plan to manage your symptoms.

Please seek additional advice from your GP about when you need to get tested.

Currently, there is no evidence that suggests that those with hay fever or mild or moderate asthma are a greater risk of contracting or having more severe symptoms of COVID-19.


The main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath and loss of smell or taste.

Common symptoms of hay fever include:

  • A runny, itchy or blocked nose
  • Sneezing
  • Irritable, red, itchy or watery eyes
  • An itchy throat, ears or roof of the mouth

Common symptoms of asthma are shortness of breath, discomfort in the chest, coughing or wheezing.

Less common symptoms are runny or blocked nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and fatigue.

If you are a hay fever or asthma sufferer

See your GP to discuss a management plan for your hay fever or asthma, including:

  • How to prevent symptoms
  • What you should do if you develop symptoms
  • When you might need to make an appointment with your GP for review
  • When you might need to get tested for COVID-19.

If you follow the advice of your GP, you might not need to get tested every time you have hay fever or asthma symptoms.

If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, get tested and stay at home until you get a negative result.

If you are in doubt, phone your GP to discuss.

If you experience new symptoms that you haven’t had before, seek advice from your doctor.

If you are unsure if your symptoms are related to hay fever or asthma, stay at home until you can seek medical advice.

If you have never had hay fever or asthma, and you develop symptoms, get tested for COVID-19.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: March 19 2021