Lyme disease risk could increase as people spend more time outside during pandemic

COVID-19 and Lyme disease have some similar symptoms

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TULSA, Okla. — It might be nice to spend more time outside while dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, but it doesn’t mean there aren’t other potential risks.

More families are spending time outdoors during lockdowns -- putting them at greater risk for encountering ticks which can carry Lyme disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this is the peak season for Lyme disease as cases typically spike between July and September.

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FILE - Ticks could pose a greater threat to people spending more time outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic.
FILE - Ticks could pose a greater threat to people spending more time outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic. (FOX23)

The symptoms are similar to COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, fatigue and body aches.

Lyme disease typically does not cause shortness of breath or loss of taste and smell -- which are two common COVID-19 symptoms, and as much as 70 percent of Lyme disease patients report a bullseye rash around the tick bite.

Midtown Tulsa’s Any Lab Test Now near 41st & Peoria offers a blood test that measures the bacteria that causes Lyme disease without a doctor’s order.

The test costs $189 and the results take 24-48 hours.

The lab asks that those wanting a test call (918) 600-2586 and make an appointment. The lab offers tests that can be done in the car.

If you know you were bitten, Any Lab Test Now asks you to place the tick in a baggie and bring it into the lab so they can also test it to see if it’s carrying Lyme or any other diseases.