Dr. Mehmet Oz had to further explain his comments on Fox News that stirred up quite a lot of controversy with his fans and mainstream media. The comments seemed to imply he was okay with opening schools as long as there were low fatalities do to the pandemic.
The well known TV medicine man suggested to Sean Hannity on Fox News that getting kids back into their normal routine “may only cost us 2 to 3%, in terms of total mortality.” Dr Oz seemed to think this was a low enough number to at least start trying to get schools backup and running. Later on, Oz did admit that he had chosen a poor choice of words.
People may have missed the point that Dr. Oz was attempting to make, since it was so poorly worded. The chances of businesses and schools opening backup with absolutely no fatalities at all is very slim. Dr Oz may have been just trying to point out that with the fatalities being so low this maybe our best chance to act. That being said Dr.Oz does need to check the morality of his choice of words. His word choice would leave people to believe our economy, businesses, and schools opening backup are more important that the lives of humans that could be lost do to the pandemic.
Dr. Oz explained that this idea had come from a report he had come across in an English medical journal, though his ideas on the mortality of this idea isn’t clear.
“Any, you know, any life is a life lost, but that might be a trade-off some folks would consider,” he said.
Both Hannity and Dr. Oz were discussing reopening the country since it has fallen into major turmoil because of the virus. The virus has infected more than 629,000 Americans and the number is rapidly increasing. The number of Americans that have been killed is 26,708 according to Johns Hopkins University.
“We need our mojo back,” Oz said. “Let’s start with things that are really critical to the nation where we think we might be able to open without getting into a lot of trouble. I tell you, schools are a very appetizing opportunity.”
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DR OZ: "Schools are a very appetizing opportunity. I just saw a nice piece in The Lancet arguing the opening of schools may only cost us 2 to 3%, in terms of total mortality. Any, you know, any life is a life lost, but … that might be a tradeoff some folks would consider." 😳 pic.twitter.com/aifMeKTsIv
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 16, 2020
Oz’s response and ideas quickly came under scrutiny by social media and the news.
Oz did try to clarify his remarks said on Fox News by putting out a video on Twitter. In the video he did admit that he should have reevaluated the point he was attempting to make.
“I’ve realized my comments on risks around opening schools have confused and upset people, which was never my intention,” he said. “I misspoke.”
Oz feels he was trying to point out the importance of student educations, food, and shelter the schools provide.
Hopefully the news and social media will with time be able to forgive Dr. Oz for his controversial comments.