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'Don't mistake your allergy symptoms' | Your allergy symptoms might be COVID-19, health department says

On Flashpoint, Mecklenburg County's health director warns people against confusing the symptoms.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fresh off spring break and Easter vacations, health officials are seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

"We're experiencing sort of a spring bump here, and COVID activity is increasing in our community," Dr. Raynard Washington, Mecklenburg County Health Director, said.

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The uptick comes after weeks of decreasing cases.

"Case counts and our wastewater surveillance are all showing signs of increase. We are seeing some slow impact in the hospital setting, a slight uptick in emergency department visits as well," Washington said.

Washington cautioned against assuming respiratory symptoms might be related to allergies.

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"Don't mistake your allergy symptoms," Washington said.  "If you feel like you're having some symptoms that are respiratory, go in and take a test just to be on the safe side."

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