STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): What sort of advice would you have for people who are feeling anxious and frustrated right now? They don't have coronavirus, they're just worried.
DR. MEHMET OZ (HOST, THE DR. OZ SHOW): Oftentimes they think they have coronavirus because they're so anxious about it. So every small little symptom, you know, they don't quite smell as well this morning as they did yesterday. They think they have it. They have a little cough, little belly ache. Again, I don't want to downplay these issues because they may actually have coronavirus because people have very mild symptoms often. But the panic attack is devastating, and it is a physical problem. It's not just in your head: your whole whole body, the rapid palpitations, the sweating, the feeling like the world is closing in around you.
And these symptoms can cause all kind of detrimental effects, which is why I think a lot of doctors now are feeling that the worry and the panic about coronavirus is going to be worse than the actual coronavirus for them. And if we can sort of balance that out -- for the first few months we were all saying, guys wake this up is a problem. Now the medical community is saying, let's step it back for a second. You're going to be fine. If you look at the survival numbers -- if you're under the age of 20, we don't have a death yet. There are very few above that until you get into the 50s. So it's a pretty safe virus for the majority of Americans. The panic you're experiencing is only going to pull you away from the calmness you need to succeed.