As the United States discussed ways to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a variety of doctors were called upon for news interviews, including Dr. Phil McGraw. Dr. Phil appeared on Fox News on Thursday where he expressed his dismay at the shutdowns because of the virus when there are so many other causes of death.
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The TV host and doctor spoke how the issues people face in lock down, like depression, will “actually cause more destruction and more death across time than the virus itself.”He then listed the number of deaths in the United States because of automobile crashes, cigarette and swimming pools –“but we don’t shut the country down for that.”Dr. Phil added, “but yet we are doing it for corona virus.”The fall out is going to last for years because people’s lives are going to be destroyed,” he continued.
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“250 people a year die from poverty. And the poverty line is getting such that more and more people are going to fall below that because the economy is crashing around us. And they’re doing that because people are dying from the corona virus. I get that,” Dr. Phil said to Ingraham via Skype.
It didn’t take long for Dr. Phil to feel the backlash, with many comparing his comments to that of Dr. Oz earlier in the day who suggested schools should reopen because there’s “only” a 2% mortality rate. Reaction to the appearance was such that Dr. Phil was trending very highly on Twitter as critics ripped him for his incorrect stats and for arguing in favor of reopening the country before we have a handle on the pandemic.