Lyme Disease and COVID: How to Differentiate Symptoms in High Tick Season


It is the peak season for Lyme disease, Pennsylvania. We can thank those pesky little black-legged ticks, also called deer ticks, that could be mistaken for poppy seeds.

It’s hard to predict how tough Lyme disease season this year will be in the Commonwealth, but residents have been developing the disease in increasing numbers for nearly two decades, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Looking ahead, 2017 was one of the worst years, with the state recording nearly 12,000 cases. Pennsylvania recorded nearly 9,000 cases of the disease in 2019, which is closer to the norm, according to Leah Lind.

Lind is the coordinator for Lyme Disease and Tick-borne Diseases within the state’s Bureau of Epidemiology. Ticks have been reported in every county, and Lind said even more urban counties are susceptible to the disease-carrying bloodsuckers during the peak months of June and July.

“In general, what we say every year in Pennsylvania is a bad year for ticks and Lyme disease,” she warned.

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