USA Today reports:
Dr. Mehmet Oz says he “misspoke” making controversial comments where he advocated the opening of the nations schools despite the trade-off of an increase in the total mortality rate. In a video posted on Twitter Thursday, Oz said he realized “my comments on risks around opening schools have confused and upset people, which was never my intention. I misspoke.”
Oz made the comments Wednesday speaking with Fox News’ Sean Hannity about steps the country could take in re-opening following the economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic. “First we need our mojo back,” Oz said, calling school openings “a very appetizing opportunity.” He cited a British medical journal, The Lancet, that argued “the opening of schools may only cost us 2% to 3%, in terms of total mortality.”
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
You had a choice between presenting Fox’s misinformation or responsible medical advice.
You picked the wrong path. You should lose all of your sponsors.
— Stay At Home Giants (@slpng_giants) April 16, 2020
Your exact words were, “the opening of schools may only cost us 2 to 3% in terms of total mortality. Any life is a life lost, but to get every child back into a school… that might be a tradeoff some folks would consider.”
Pretty sure we weren’t “confused.”
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) April 16, 2020
No one was confused; you were clear:
“We need our mojo back…I tell you, schools are a very appetizing opportunity…opening of schools might only cost us 2-3% in terms of total mortality…any life is a life lost, but…”
Who the fuck even talks like that? You; that’s who.
— Clarence Patton (@cpattonbkny) April 16, 2020
You are irrelevant, Dr. Oz. We all see the frontline health care workers desperately pleading for #PPE in garbage bags.
You’re in a suit.
— Peter Morley (@morethanmySLE) April 17, 2020
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