(USA Features) Dr. Drew Pinsky, TV’s “Dr. Drew,” blasted the media on Tuesday, claiming outlets “should be ashamed of themselves” over coronavirus coverage and suggesting they are creating “a panic that is far worse than the viral outbreak” itself.
“I don’t claim to know what’s motivating the media, but my god, their reporting is absolutely reprehensible,” Pinsky shared during his appearance on Larry O’Connor’s podcast, “Examining Politics,” published Tuesday by the Washington Examiner.
“They should be ashamed of themselves,” he added. “They’re creating a panic that is far worse than the viral outbreak. The bottom line everybody is, listen to [Dr.] Anthony Fauci of CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention].”
As of Wednesday morning, according to a real-time tracking website, only 1,016 cases of virus have been diagnosed in the United States, leading to just 31 deaths. In all, 15 people have recovered, the site notes.
The U.S. population is more than 327 million and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year’s “flu season” has been severe.
“It started very early this year,” said Emily Martin, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, NPR reports. “So far this season we’ve had between 30 and 40 million illnesses in the United States.”
Of that number, about half were ill enough to seek medical care, and between 300,000 to 500,000 people required hospitalization, NPR added.
“Do what [Fauci] tells you and go about your business. That’s the story. Do not be alarmed by the word pandemic, which the CNN reporter seemed to discover this morning,” Pinsky continued.
The doctor then discussed who is most at risk for COVID-19, the formal name for the coronavirus.
“Everybody else it’s going to be a mild issue, like a cold,” Dr. Drew shared. “If you are over the age of 70, maybe the age of 75, particularly if you have any chronic medical conditions and if you are a smoker over 50, you should be behaving differently than the rest of us.
“All these horror stories about lack of ventilators, hospital beds being full, that is total BS,” he added.