Sinus Infection vs COVID
Does COVID-19 feel like a sinus infection?
Mucus in your throat during COVID-19?
There are some key differences between the two conditions.
Post nasal drip often accompanies a sinus infection and is considered a symptom of other illnesses and conditions, such as the common cold or seasonal allergies.[*][*] (For more detailed information on the causes, symptoms, and treatment, read What Is Post Nasal Drip?)
Another key difference is the onset of sinus pain and pressure.
Sinus infections are often accompanied by swelling, inflammation, and blockages in the sinuses, resulting in pain and pressure. This is also the source of most sinus infection headaches.[*]
However, sinus pain and pressure are not typical symptoms of COVID-19.
Below is a list of the symptoms for a sinus infection vs COVID-19.[*]
Symptoms Of A Sinus Infection (Sinusitis)
That are Common with COVID-19:
- Stuffy/Runny Nose and Nasal Discharge
- Sinus Pain or a Burning Nose (Sinuses)
- Sinus Congestion and Headaches
- Coughing and Sore Throat
- Loss of Sense Of Taste or Smell
That are Uncommon with COVID-19:
- Possibly A Fever
- Overproduction Of Mucus In Throat
- Bad Breath
- Irritation and Swelling Around The Eyes
- Post Nasal Drip
Symptoms of COVID-19
That are Common with Sinusitis:
That are Uncommon with Sinusitis
- Fever, Chills, and Muscle Aches
- Nausea, Vomiting, and Diarrhea
- Difficulty Breathing, Shortness of Breath
COVID Headache vs Sinusitis Headache
What does a COVID headache feel like?
- A COVID headache is commonly reported to be moderate to severely painful. It is often reported to occur on both sides of the head and is accompanied by a pulsing. COVID headaches typically occur with the onset of the virus and last for about 3-5 days (although they can last longer).[*][*]
- A sinus infection headache is typically reported to occur in the sinuses and forehead area. It may also be accompanied by a pulsing but is more likely to be “dull” and “throbbing.” Sinus infection headaches can also be reported as severe and are sometimes classified as migraines.[*][*]
If you are concerned about your health and are experiencing symptoms of a sinus infection or COVID-19, please consult your physician immediately for professional advice. If you’re looking for State specific information on COVID-19, please consult the US Government State Health Website.