NEW YORK, NY — (04-17-20) — Dr. Oz created a firestorm when he said that “Schools should reopen because ‘Only’ 2% to 3% of more people could die. The TV star made the comments and more when he appeared with Sean Hannity on FOX News.
“I just saw a nice piece in The Lancet arguing the opening of schools may only cost us 2-3%, in terms of total mortality,” said Dr. Oz, referencing a published United Kingdom study suggesting thousands could potentially die.
As of Thursday, there are more than 676,676 confirmed cases in the U.S., and more than 34,784 deaths. Worldwide, 2,159,450 confirmed and 145,568 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins university.
Watch Dr. Oz on Hannity Explaining his Position
Following the massive backlash, Dr. Oz received for his comments, he took to Twitter on Thursday evening to say that he “misspoke” and that it was not his “intention” to upset people.
I’ve realized my comments on risks around opening schools have confused and upset people, which was never my intention. I misspoke. pic.twitter.com/Kq1utwiCjR
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) April 16, 2020
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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