WATCH FOR LYME DISEASE

While everyone seems to focus on COVID-19 right now, local doctors and other health experts tell us that we also need to keep an eye on other things… specifically Lyme Disease. This is the start of tick season here in the Adirondacks. Tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease, often have symptoms that mimic those of COVID-19: fever, weariness and a nondescript unwellness. But there is one difference… Lyme Disease does not cause a cough like COVID-19 does. In recent years, ticks have expanded their reach in the Adirondacks, and are able to survive in northern climates and at higher altitudes. With that expansion, also comes the types of diseases they carry. While Lyme Disease is difficult to diagnose, if left untreated it can have severe health effects.