COVID-19 and the flu are respiratory viruses, and they have similar symptoms. However, the two illnesses are very different. While both cause fatigue, coughing, and fever, COVID-19 can have a wide range of symptoms, including loss of smell and severe breathing problems.
Statistically, COVID-19 is more deadly than the flu. The flu causes an average of 38,000 deaths each year in the U.S. In comparison, there have been over 250,000 deaths related to COVID-19 in the U.S. this year.