Coronavirus and a sinus infection can have similar symptoms, such as nasal congestion, fever, and cough. Our Cooper experts have put together a guide to help you differentiate the two.
If you have flu-like symptoms and think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please review our instructions and information on our testing sites.
- Sinus infection is a condition in which the cavities around the nasal passages become inflamed.
- COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a new virus that causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and, in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.
- You can protect yourself from COVID-19 by washing your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and practicing social distance by avoiding close contact with people who do not live in your household.
COVID-19 vs. Sinus Infection
|Cough||Dry (no mucus)||With mucus|
|Shortness of Breath||X||In severe cases|
|Bluish Lips or Face||X|
|Chills and Aches||X|
|Loss of Smell and Taste||X|
|Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)||X|
|Swelling Around the Eyes||X|
|Vision Changes||In severe cases|
Can Covid-19 Cause a Sinus Infection?
COVID-19 is a disease that can cause what doctors call a respiratory tract infection. It can affect your upper respiratory tract (sinuses, nose, and throat) or lower respiratory tract (windpipe and lungs). There is no information yet on whether COVID-19 causes sinusitis.
If you have flu-like symptoms and think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, review our instructions and information on our testing sites.