Having lived more than four decades practicing and teaching medicine, I could not wait to tell you what I feel as I watch the preposterous medical circus that has become a major part of our current surrealistic daily life.
Social distancing naysayers like Fox’s coronavirus pundit, Dr. Mehmet Oz, better known as Dr. Oz, is a proponent of so-called alternative medicine and is widely criticized in the medical field for endorsing unproven commercial products and offering non-scientific and even dangerous health advice. Oz told the audience, on April 15’s “Hannity,” that an unmitigated coronavirus death toll might be “a trade-off” worth making to reopen schools. “I tell you, schools are a very appetizing opportunity. I just saw a nice piece in The Lancet arguing that the opening of schools may only cost us 2-3% in terms of total mortality. And you know, any life is a life lost, but to get back into a school where they’re safely being educated and being fed and making the most out of their lives with a theoretical risk on the backside, it might be a tradeoff some folks would consider.” he said.
On “The Ingraham Angle” show TV psychologist Phil McGraw, better known as Dr. Phil, citing incorrect statistics on accidental deaths, compared the virus deaths to those caused by automobile accidents, smoking and drowning in swimming pools.
Dr. Drew, the host of the radio show “Loveline,” downplaying the tragic situation, compared the virus to influenza.
Both Ozman and McGraw were introduced to the hall of the rich and famous through their regular guest appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which unequivocally qualified them to be our gurus on medical science and health issues for decades to come.
The official authority on the coronavirus mitigation policy, vaccine, therapy, and even economic strategy is the national epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, better known as Tony, is a daily visitor in our living rooms. Last week he offered a dating tip on Snapchat’s show “Good Luck America,” endorsing Tinder hookups. During the interview, he was asked ”If you’re swiping on a dating app like Tinder, or Bumble, or Ginder and you match with someone that you think is hot, and you’re just kind of like, ‘Maybe it’s fine if this one stranger comes over.’ What do you say to that person?” His answer to those heartsick isolationists was they can hook up with Tinder matches, “but like love, it involves some risk.” The point man on the science of the virus, who advocates daily for social distancing is advising the audience If they are willing to take a “relative risk,” they can go more intimate.
The 80-year-old bureaucrat, who was named a candidate for People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” award, was described by the ‘New York Post,” as the Immunologist-cum-date doctor.
This circus is a phenomenon of the age of decadence that we have to endure!
Hani Elkadi is a member of the Press-Citizen Writers Group.