COVID-19, or just allergies? Plus, how to stay safe this summer

A lifeguard looks at the beach near the end of Park Point in Duluth.
In this 2019 photo, a lifeguard is shown at the city-owned beach house near the end of Park Point on Lake Superior in Duluth.
Dan Kraker | MPR News

When is a cough or sneeze more than just a cough or sneeze? And how do we stay safe as we head outdoors this summer?

MPR News host Angela Davis talks with an allergist about the symptoms of seasonal allergies and what sets them apart from COVID-19 symptoms.

She also talks with two doctors about staying healthy and safe while facing some of summer’s hazards — sun, excessive heat, water and ticks.


  • Dr. Pramod Kelkar is an allergist with Allina Health.

  • Dr. Gigi Chawla is the chief of general pediatrics at Children’s Minnesota.

  • Dr. William Roberts is a family physician and a professor at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

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