Doctor Phil, Doctor Oz, and Dr Drew Forced to Apologize for their controversial Statements against Coronavirus.
Beyond their overwhelming television fame, US doctors Phil McGraw, Mehmet Oz and Drew Pinsky have in common that the three have participated in Fox News programs to comment on the impact of the coronavirus and, after their respective appearances, have been seen forced to apologize for their controversial contributions. While top health experts recommend staying home to stem the spread of the outbreak in the United States, the epicenter of the pandemicMcGraw compared the number of deaths caused by the virus with those from drowning in swimming pools and those from car accidents: “and we did not close the country because of that,” he defended. Oz went further and proposed opening schools, since “it can only cost us between 2 to 3% in terms of total mortality,” he said. Finally, Pinsky insisted for weeks that the flu was worse than the coronavirus.
Phil McGraw did not study medicine, but in virtually every home in America he is referred to as a “doctor.” He owes the term to his doctorate in Psychology, but for more than a decade he has not been licensed to practice as such. He has hosted the Dr. Phil program for 18 years, a self-help space followed by millions of viewers every morning. Forbes magazine selected him as the most powerful presenter on American television in 2016, leaving behind world-renowned figures such as Ellen Degeneres and Jimmy Fallon. That man attended the Ingraham angle program on Fox network last Thursday to minimize the damage caused by the coronavirus, amid incipient protests in conservative states that demand to lift the restriction orders.
McGraw warned that the US economy was collapsing during the pandemic, so there was an urgent need to return to normal. To defend his point, he listed that 40,000 people die each year from car accidents, 480,000 from tobacco smoking, and “360,000 from swimming pools,” when according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ) There were 3,536 involuntary drownings in the US between 2005 and 2014. “… We did not close the country because of that, but are we doing it because of this?” he questioned on Donald Trump’s favorite news network. It received an avalanche of criticism for its lack of rigor in the figures and because none of the causes of death cited are the result of infections, so they cannot be compared with the coronavirus.
“Last night I said that, as a society, we have chosen to live with certain controllable fatal risks every day: smoking, car accidents, swimming. And yes, I know that is not contagious, so they were probably bad examples,” he said in a disclosed video. last Friday, where he clarified that the drowning data was wrong since he said he had cited the world figure and not that of the United States. He added that people should follow the recommendations of health experts and that the country should remain closed if that helped protect people. “If you didn’t like my choice of words, I apologize for that,” he said.
Two days before McGraw’s controversial appearance, Dr. Oz, also known as “The Doctor of America,” participated in Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News. The cardiac surgeon, who rose to fame on the show by Oprah Winfrey, like “Dr. Phil, ”caused widespread unease when he said that reopening schools across the country seemed like an“ appetizing proposition. ” After saying that he read in a medical magazine that the mortality rate would only reach between 2% and 3%, he clarified: “Any life is a life lost, but that each child returns to a school to be educated, fed and make the most of their lives with a theoretical risk at the back, it could be a compensation that some people would consider. ” The next day, on Twitter, he excused himself. “I realized that my comments about risks in schools have confused and annoyed people, which was never my intention,” he posted.
One of the celebrity doctors who has also apologized is Dr. Drew. The internist not only went to Fox News but to several television stations in early March, to say that the media were the real danger of this crisis since they were generating “panic” with his information. When the data already reflected the high rate of spread of the coronavirus, Pinsky continued to argue that the flu was worse. “My first comments comparing the coronavirus with the flu were wrong,” he said in a video later posted on Twitter. “They were wrong … and I want to apologize for that. I wish I had done well, but I was wrong. “