VERIFY: Meet the experts who are answering your COVID-19 and vaccination questions

Dr. Kissler: “The variations on “it’s just the flu”. Like all the most effective pieces of misinformation, this idea has been especially difficult to combat because it’s partially true: COVID-19 is a seasonal respiratory virus that shares many clinical and epidemiological features with influenza, yet certain key differences, including its increased transmissibility and its increased severity, have made it a much more formidable enemy than seasonal influenza.”