MUST See Video: Dr. Phil Goes At It With 'The View' Hosts Over Pandemic Lockdowns

By Greg Moriarty | Wednesday, 28 February 2024 12:00 PM
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On Monday's episode of The View, renowned psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw challenged co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Whoopi Goldberg on their support for the closure of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

McGraw disputed the notion that isolating children from their peers, and thus from the virus, was in their best interest. He argued that individuals under 18 had minimal risk of severe illness from the virus, citing that children were not primary carriers or particularly susceptible to the disease.

Dr. McGraw highlighted an alarming increase in anxiety and depression among teenagers, a trend that began in 2008 with the rise of smartphones and continued over the next decade. "Then Covid hits ten years later, and the same agencies that knew that are the same agencies that shut down the schools for two years," he stated. "Who does that? Who takes away the support system for these children?"

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The psychologist further criticized the decision to send children home, potentially to abusive environments, as a result of school closures. "There was also a pandemic going on," responded one of the co-hosts, to which Goldberg added, "We were trying to save kids lives. Remember we know a lot of folks who died during this–"

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"Not school children," McGraw interjected, suggesting that the low impact on this demographic was due to their isolation. When questioned if he was implying that no school children died from Covid, McGraw clarified that he was referring to them as "the safest group."

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The US Centers for Disease Control reported that fewer than 1,700 children in the US died from causes "involving Covid" up to September 2023. "They were the least vulnerable group," McGraw asserted, "and they suffered, and will suffer more from the mismanagement of Covid than they will from the exposure to Covid, and that's not an opinion, that's a fact."

As Dr. McGraw concluded his remarks, the audience applauded. However, the show ended before the panel could offer a response.

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