“In years past when we’ve had allergy symptoms which often include sneezing and coughing, people just kind of ignored it, or just noticed it — but this year, whenever anyone sneezes or coughs, everyone notices it.
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“It puts the allergy sufferers totally on edge, so hopefully as a pharmacist, we can actually help people who can prevent that.”
According to the 2020 Shoppers Drug Mart Allergy Index, three in five Canadian allergy sufferers say they worry others around them may think they have COVID-19 due to their allergy symptoms, and more 53 per cent say they have been confronted by someone thinking they may be sick and contagious.
Almost one-third of people experiencing allergy symptoms said they were concerned they may have contracted the virus.
The number of allergy sufferers who admitted sneezing or coughing on someone else is down considerably — 40 per cent compared to 68 per cent in 2019.