Rockford, Illinois. (Eden) – the threat of ticks on which rise now that summer is in full swing and more and more people spend time outdoors. But experts warn that Lyme disease and COVID-19 the symptoms are similar.

If you make a mistake Lyme disease for COVID-19 You can unknowingly tuned to serious health problems in the future.

“It was very hard to see him sick for so long,” said Jessie Crow Mermel.

Mermel son was 9 when tick attached to his arm gave him Lyme disease.

“He just started to hurt the stomach, very tired and it was really difficult to get a diagnosis,” said Mermel.

Mermel wanted to learn more about this disease.

“It took a lot of my own personal research and seek the help of various doctors, but in the end we got the exact result of the test,” said Mermel.

Some of the major symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, body aches, fatigue and sore throat, all of which are symptoms COVID-19.

“If there is concern for COVID-19 we go forward and tests the nasal PCR and it’s pretty sensitive. So if he is negative, he can tell us this patient has COVID-19. If the patient remains symptomatic, and we are concerned about other tests we can assess the situation,” said Dr. Moawad Alzoubi, MercyHealth.

For those who plan to hit the trails, there are ways to reduce the risk of getting bitten by a tick.

“Wear long pants and socks you can tuck your pants in. That way there is less space for the ticks to crawl up your legs or get under the clothes,” said Andrea Wallace noble, draws Dells nature center naturalist.

Noble says ticks like areas of the body where there are folds. It is therefore important to carefully check after leaving a wooded area.

“Look at your whole body to make sure that you are not all ticks and carefully, because they may be less than the size of an eraser head on a pencil, so if you do that you have to minimize your risks and you can continue to have fun outside,” noble said.

Noble says a common misconception that ticks fall from trees. But as a rule, they will crawl at you from the ground. Therefore, wear protective shoes and pants is very important.

If you found that tick bites your skin, use tweezers to pull it on his head, and then shove it in a plastic bag or between two pieces of tape and test it.

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