Doctor Q&A: Is Constant Sneezing a Coronavirus Symptom?

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You asked, and we've got answers. Dr. Kevin J. Aister, an emergency medicine physician, is here to answer your Coronavirus questions. With such an unprecedented pandemic, there are no bad questions—a lot of misinformation is circulating on social media and the web, so it's important to consult official resources and medical professionals. Here's the next Q&A of the day:

Q: What do I do if I'm nonstop sneezing but don’t have other Coronavirus symptoms?

A: While unprotected sneezing can spread droplets of mucous, sneezing alone is not a symptom of COVID-19. Sneezing into your arm, shirt or tissue will prevent transmission of droplets of mucous into the air. Inhalation of droplets or surfaces holding droplets of mucous containing COVID-19 is a means of transmitting the disease. Therefore, by "covering" a sneeze you are preventing droplet transmission. In this specific instance, individual recommendations for preventing COVID-19 should be strictly followed. This includes frequent and vigorous washing of hands (greater than 20 seconds); cleaning of frequently touched surfaces with an appropriate anti-microbial wipe or solution and maintaining social distancing especially if symptoms of fever, cough and/or shortness of breath are present.


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