Dr. Drew apologizes for calling COVID-19 'press-induced panic'

Dr. Drew Pinsky
Posted at 8:56 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 10:57:21-04

Dr. Drew Pinsky has apologized for a series of statements in which he downplayed COVID-19 and suggested the disease is a "press-induced panic," Time magazine reports.

“I wish I had gotten it right, but I got it wrong,” Pinsky said in a video posted over the weekend.

Last week, Twitter user "DroopsDr" posted a compilation of some of Pinsky's comments about the novel coronavirus, including a KTLA-TV appearance in which he called COVID-19 "a press-induced panic."

To date, more than 76,400 people have died of COVID-19 across the globe. More than 11,000 of those deaths have occurred in the United States, including 13 in Utah.

As of Tuesday morning, The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University reported more than 1.3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases around the world. Of the confirmed cases, more than 292,425 people are reported to have recovered from the disease.