IDPH Director: Quit Calling COVID-19 “Just A Cold”

State officials say too many people still believe COVID-19 is a hoax. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike addressed that issue at Governor Pritzker’s daily COVID briefing on Wednesday.


Dr. Ezike says while it’s estimated that between 12,000 and 61,000 people in the U.S. die annually from the flu, the coronavirus has already taken the lives of more than 246,000.