Dr. Phil Doubles Down on COVID Complaints That Stunned ‘The View’ Hosts, and Gets Debunked Again | Video

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After stunning the hosts of “The View” on Monday with complaints about schools shutting down during COVID, Phil McGraw isn’t backing down. But once again, he’s being quickly debunked.

In a new interview with SiriusXM, the former daytime host known as Dr. Phil — though he is not a medical doctor — asserted that he cares “about the facts” before once again saying that, because children were “not susceptible to life-threatening reactions to this virus means that they suffered more from the quarantine than they ever would have from the virus.”

The reality is, according to the Mayo Clinic, “children are as likely to get COVID-19 as adults,” just “less likely to become severely ill. Up to 50% of children and adolescents might have COVID with no symptoms.” SiriusXM Progress host John Fugelsang was quick to remind McGraw that schoolchildren would likely have brought the virus home to more vulnerable people as well.

“Children being asymptomatic doesn’t mean they can’t be carriers,” Fugelsang explained. “One of the concerns was that these kids would pass the virus to each other, and then bring it home to their families, often with multi-generational family members living in the homes, to say nothing of the school faculty and staff. I mean, it was all about harm reduction wasn’t it?”

McGraw then suggested that hospitals and grocery stores remaining open contradicted established facts about the spread of disease.

“We seem to keep an awful lot of essential services open and running, but not the schools?” he complained.

Once again, though, Fugelsang reminded him that schools were actually still running, just in a different form. Fugelsang conceded that virtual and hybrid learning was challenging for everyone, including his own child, but added that “we as a species were doing our best to look out for each other.”

You can watch the full segment from SiriusXM in the video above.

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