The flu is not a bad cold. The flu is a contagious virus that can kill you.
Flu deaths have reached an epidemic level (7.3 percent of deaths) according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and this flu season struck early and will stay around for weeks.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Friday that the country is facing a particularly bad flu season — one that struck early and is “likely to last for several more weeks,” according to CDC director Dr. Tom Friedman.
A big misunderstanding that may lead to death is that many people cannot tell the difference between a flu and a cold. Symptoms can appear to be similar, but the flu is deadly.