Dr. Drew Pinsky is issuing a mea culpa after continually downplaying the danger of the coronavirus for months and claiming it was "press-induced panic."
He once said you're more likely to die after being "hit by an asteroid" than the highly-contagious virus. On Saturday, he drastically changed his tune.
"My early comments about equating coronavirus with influenza were wrong. They were incorrect," he said, referring to his consistent comments from February and March. "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," he added.
To date, more than a million people worldwide have tested positive for the coronavirus and nearly 68,000 people have died. The United States has more coronavirus cases than any other country in the world with 323,500 confirmed cases — which is more than double the number of cases in Spain, which has the second-most cases with 130,000.
Dr. Drew said he was correct in urging people to follow the advice of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
"He was my guiding star in the AIDS epidemic and he should be your North Star now," Drew said, adding that he's socially distancing. "I wear a mask outside now. I'm doing what I'm supposed to do. And it's paying dividends. It is improving — it is flattening the curve. And I'm delighted to be a part of that. I'm glad to be a part of that."