Some People Calling Cold, Flu Bugs An Epidemic

CLEVELAND - Have you been coughing, sneezing and wheezing for the past few days? Well, you're not alone.

Medical offices and emergency rooms are jammed with patients reporting those symptoms, and some people are calling it an epidemic, 19/43 News' Paul Orlousky reported.

Both a cold bug and a flu bug are hitting locally.

The flu will last longer, but can be lessened with medication.

If you've got the cold bug, however, there's not much you can do about it. Doctors, including Dr. Kevin Masterson, said that colds usually last only about four days.

"People come in looking for an antidote, but there isn't one," Masterson said. "They get very upset when they hear that you've got to put up with it."

If you've got a high, persistent fever, you've probably got the flu. Prescription products like Tamiflu and Rolenza can keep you from being knocked flat, but you have to take them as soon as you begin feeling sick or they won't work.