Brits warned hay fever symptoms could actually be new Covid variant - how to tell them apart

The new Covid FLiRT variant is spreading rapidly across the UK, with the strain now accounting for approximately 40 per cent of all Covid cases in the country
-Credit: (Image: inyourArea)


An expert has issued a stark warning to Brits who believe they're merely suffering from hay fever, suggesting that their symptoms could be indicative of something far more serious. As the new Covid FLiRT variant continues its spread across the UK, Brits are being urged to distinguish between typical summer hay fever symptoms and those of the contagious strain of the virus that brought the world to a standstill in 2020.

This summer is witnessing an unusual surge in stuffy noses and heavy coughs as high pollen levels collide with the rise in Covid variants, putting the nation's respiratory health in jeopardy. The FLiRT variant of Covid is believed to be responsible for a 24 per cent increase in hospital admissions related to the virus last month and currently accounts for about 40 per cent of all Covid cases in the UK.

This worrying figure rises to 69 per cent of cases in the US. Meanwhile, the number of people suffering from hay fever in the UK continues to rise each year reports the Mirror.

Read more:

The NHS estimates that around 20 per cent of UK residents will experience reactions this summer, following a mid-June report which saw a 147 per cent increase in hay fever sufferers seeking NHS advice. Those who have previously suffered from hay fever are also reporting more severe symptoms this year. This is making it harder to differentiate between the strikingly similar symptoms of Covid.

Hay fever, commonly resulting in red, itchy or watered eyes, earaches, loss of smell, coupled with frequent sneezing, coughing or dealing with a persistently runny or obstructed nose, is making an unpleasant comeback.

Brits are being flattened by an unpleasant bug, the symptoms of which give a striking resemblance to hay fever. This isn't any ordinary seasonal allergy though it's the highly contagious FLiRT variant that's behind this wide-spread suffering.

Victims report symptoms such as high temperature, repetitive coughing, inflamed throats, upset stomachs and alterations in tasting capacity and sense of smell, all eerily similar to those seen in hay fever.

With expertise in exercise and sports, Rebecca Owen, a lecturer at the University of Derby, shed light on this condition during her interview with The Telegraph. She stated, "A lot of people have had Covid-19, and infections can make us more susceptible to allergies."

In addition to her comments, she said, "They can activate the immune response in what's called mast cell activation syndrome, so while more studies are needed, it could be that some of those who have been infected with Covid may then develop hay fever."

Yet, she promptly stressed that the only failproof method to distinguish between hay fever and FLiRT was through conducting tests.