It feels like every winter, we're warned of a catastrophic flu hiding in every handshake and clinging to every doorknob, just waiting to infect us and ruin the holidays. This year it actually seems...true? The L.A. Times reports that an influenza A strain known as H3N2 is making so many people sick, it is now considered a full-fledged epidemic.
It has gotten so bad in California, that a number of hospitals have set up "surge tents" for patients showing up for treatment. This is something usually reserved for large scale natural disasters.