- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 16, 2020

Celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz is facing fire for claiming the coronavirus deaths that could occur due to the reopening of the nation’s schools “might be a trade-off some folks may consider.”

“We need our mojo back,” Dr. Oz told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday night’s episode of “Hannity.” “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,” he continued in remarks for which he would apologize on Thursday.

“I just saw a nice piece in The Lancet arguing that the opening of schools may only cost us two to three percent in terms of total mortality. Any life is a life lost, but to get every child back into a school where they’re safely being educated, being fed and making the most out of their lives with a theoretical risk on the backside, might be a trade-off some folks may consider.”

The doctor’s comments sparked a wave of backlash on Twitter and #DrOz became a top trending topic in the U.S. on Thursday afternoon.

Dr. Oz appeareded on Fox News again Thursday morning and said, “I’m not sure we’re helping this problem that much by taking our kids out of school, and we’re definitely paying a price for it.”

However, later in the day, he backed off and posted a video apology on Twitter.

“I’ve realized my comments on risks around opening schools have confused and upset people, which was never my intention. I misspoke,” he wrote on Twitter.


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