High spring pollen count could increase Covid cases, medical testing expert warns
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“[But] most people will consider it an overreaction to the risk presented by spring allergies.”
Hay fever symptoms
Affecting up to one in five people, according to the NHS, hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen.
“Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle,” the NHS adds.
“It contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.”