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Dr. Drew Apologizes for Comparing Coronavirus with Influenza and Blaming Press for Induced Panic

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Dr. Drew Pinsky, known as Dr. Drew, has issued a video apology for his comments made back in February about the COVID-19 outbreak, citing “press-induced panic” and calling it “way less serious than influenza.” He also stated the odds of dying from coronavirus are lower than being “hit by an asteroid.”

“My early comments about equating coronavirus with influenza were wrong. They were incorrect,” 61-year-old Dr. Drew said. “I was part of a chorus that was saying that, and we were wrong, and I want to apologize for that. I wish I had gotten it right, but I got it wrong.” Dr. Drew further explained that the one thing he got right all along was telling people to look to Dr. Fauci for the answers.


The state of California enters its third week of stay at home quarantine orders and has reported its slowest rate of growth in confirmed coronavirus cases since the outbreak began. To date, California has over 16,400 cases of the coronavirus and 395 deaths, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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