Dr. Oz Dragged for Suggesting Reopening Schools Will 'Only' Kill 2 Percent

“There are 1100 students at my middle school. Which 33 of them should I be willing to sacrifice as an ‘appetizer.'”

Dr. Oz was under fire on Thursday after suggesting reopening schools is worth the possible deaths of students and staff.

During an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program Wednesday night, Dr. Mehmet Oz claimed that the cost in lives for restarting the education system might be an acceptable "trade-off."

"Let’s start with things that are really critical to the nation where we think we might be able to open without getting into a lot of trouble," the TV personality began. "I tell ya, 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 per cent in terms of total mortality."

He added, "Any life is a life lost, but to get every child back into a school where they’re safely being educated, being fed and making the most out of their lives with a theoretical risk on the backside, that might be a tradeoff some folks would consider."

On April 8, The Lancet, a journal dedicated to child and adolescent health, published an article saying, "188 countries have implemented country-wide school closures, but a modelling study by Ferguson and colleagues concluded that in the U.K., school closures alone will reduce COVID-19 deaths by only 2-4%."

Twitter exploded with reactions, as many followers criticized the Harvard-educated small screen star for, what they deemed was, floating the idea of "sacrificing children."

"[email protected] says kids can go to school cause only 2-3% will die. Acceptable loss for GOP. 56.6m school children in USA. 2% – 1.1 million dead children. 3%: – 1.7 million dead children. Perhaps stop using %, Dr. Quack, and use real numbers when saying ‘genocide is no big deal,’" wrote a follower.

Another user posted, "Old enough to remember when ‘we can sacrifice our grandparents to save the economy’ was the solution. Now it’s ‘we can sacrifice 3% more of our children to jump-start the economy.’ In a month, we’ve gone from Soylent Green to infanticide, so we can gather in a food court."

"There are 1100 students at my middle school. Which 33 of them should I be willing to sacrifice as an ‘appetizer’. This is absolutely insane! Those kids wouldn’t be the only ones to die – they will spread it to the community and to their parents and grandparents," shared one outraged teacher.

Many, however, pointed out Dr. Oz did not suggest children specifically, but the fact he mentioned the general mortality rate.

"He never said the mortalities would even BE children, he said ‘total mortalities’. We already know that children rarely die from covid19. It would be adults that get it via child carriers. No, I’m not ok with adults dying either but get your facts straight!"

This isn’t the first time Dr. Oz and his namesake television show has been slammed for claims about the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Los Angeles Times, nearly "4 in 10 of the assertions made on the hit show appear to be made on the basis of no evidence at all."

Check out more fiery responses to Dr. Oz’s comments below!

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