Dr. Phil had choice words for those advocating continuing lockdowns, stating that he believed that in the long run the “destruction,” and “death” caused by them would be worse than the Coroanvirus itself.
As The Daily Wire reports:
Dr. Phil McGraw joined Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Thursday during a web exclusive broadcast to discuss the larger impact of the economic shutdown from the coronavirus.
“This is invisible, I can’t show you an x-ray of depression, I can’t show you an x-ray of anxiety, but the fact of the matter is the longer this lock down goes on, the more vulnerable people get, and it’s like there’s a tipping point,” McGraw said. “There’s a point at which people start having enough problems in lock down that it will actually create more destruction and actually more death across time then the actual virus will itself. 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 coronavirus, I get that.”
McGraw continued, “But look, the fact of the matter is we have people dying, 45,000 people a year die from automobile accidents, 480,000 from cigarettes, 360,000 a year from swimming pools, but we don’t shut the country down for that, but yet we’re doing it for this and the fallout is going to last for years because people’s lives are being destroyed.”
A quick fact check of McGraw’s numbers shows that he was accurate on the smoking numbers; he was pretty close on the car accident number and was only a few thousand too high; and he was significantly off on the drowning numbers as approximately 3,500 people drown in the U.S. per year. However, globally, 320,000 people drown per year.
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