Dr. Oz ‘misspoke’ calling opening schools ‘appetizing’ despite COVID-19 mortality rate increases

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."

"Any life is a life lost," Oz continued. "But to get every child back into a school where they are safely being educated, being fed and making the most out of their lives – with the theoretical risks on the backside – that might be a trade-off some folks would consider."

In his video Thursday, the heart surgeon Oz did not clarify what he specifically meant by the comments, but said he'd spent his career "trying to save lives in the operating room by minimizing risks."

"At the same time, I am being asked constantly, 'How will we be able to get people back to their normal lives?' " he added. "To do that, one of the important steps will be figuring out, 'How do we get our children safely back to school?' "

Oz said he would "continue to look for solutions to beat this virus."

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/tv/2020/04/16/dr-oz-misspoke-covid-19-school-opening-trade-off-comments/5150267002/

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