COVID-19 is far more deadly than a cold, contrary to what a viral video suggests

COVID-19 has killed more than 805,000 people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But a viral video on social media suggests that the illness equates to a “common cold.” COVID-19 is in the same family as some cold viruses, but its potential to trigger a serious outcome, including death, is far superior to that of the common cold.

COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heart disease and cancer ranked first and second.

An analysis of CDC statistics by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Peterson Center on Health predicts a similar trend for 2021.