Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, begged to differ to the statements by both television doctors, Phil McGraw and Mehmet Oz.
“I think that they are entitled to their opinion (but) I disagree with them the issue is that you are dealing with the situation. Right now if we do not try and contain its potential of the damage it can do is extraordinary,” said Fauci in an interview with youtube channel the Breakfast Club.
Fauci is reacting to separate statements made by McGraw and Oz regarding the Coronavirus.
“The fact of the matter is we have people dying — 45,000 people a year die from automobile accidents, 480,000 from cigarettes. But we don’t shut the country down for that. But yet we’re doing it for this?”McGraw said.
While Oz argued that allowing kids to stay at school and have a loss of 2 to 3 percent mortality is “a trade off some folks may consider.”
Fauci said during the 1918 influenza pandemic, which killed 50 to 100 million worldwide. Influenza is a highly infectious disease much like the Coronavirus.
“We can’t predict what would happen with coronavirus. If we let it just run wild with itself and didn’t do anything to stop it. Say well you know let’s live with it and see what happens the damage to society globally could be really profound.” said Fauci.
McGraw, is a clinical psychologist, while Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, they are both considered celebrity doctors.
To date, there are over 179,069 deaths due to the coronavirus around the world.
The Breakfast Club is hosted by Charlamagne tha God, Angela Yee, and DJ Envy.