It worth to note, "McGraw is not a medical doctor; he holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, but is not licensed to practice. On Thursday night he appeared on Laura Ingraham's Fox News show where he appeared to criticize the shutdown.
"The economy is crashing around us and they're doing that because people are dying because of coronavirus," McGraw said. "I get that, but look, the fact of the matter is we have people dying -- 45,000 people a year die from automobile accidents, 480,000 from cigarettes, 360,000 from swimming pools -- but we don't shut the country for that."(...)
McGraw faced a brutal round of criticism for his comments, with his name trending on Twitter Friday morning.
Critics pointed out that automobile and swimming pool accidents are not contagious causes of death.
Moreover, his comments about swimming pools were grossly inaccurate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
there were 3,536 unintentional drownings in the United States form 2005 to 2014 — not the 360,000 annually as McGraw said.
In a video posted online Friday afternoon, McGraw apologized and acknowledged his errors.
"Last night I said we as a society have chosen to live with certain controllable deadly risks every day: smoking, auto crashes, swimming."(...)