According to Corpus Christi Nueces County Public Health District, the yearly passing of the Saharan dust could mimic COVID-10 symptoms.
The Saharan dust plume is desert-infused air made up of sand and mineral particles that travel from the Saharan Desert through the Atlantic.
It usually makes its way to the tropics over the summer and makes its way into the Coastal Bend.
A news release stated, "desert- infused air is considered an environmental trigger affecting individuals with asthma, COPD, bronchitis, or respiratory illnesses. Residents with existing respiratory illnesses are advised to take extra precautions during the time Sahara dust is present."
You are urged to stay at home as much as you can or cover your face if you head outside.
If you develop symptoms such as nasal congestion and sneezing, you should consult with your doctor. If the symptoms get worse and if you have shortness of breath, you're asked to call 911.