NEW YORK -- Television's "Dr. Oz" Mehmet says he misspoke during a Fox News Channel appearance this week where he said re-opening schools was a "very appetizing opportunity" despite the coronavirus epidemic.

In a Twitter post late Thursday, the heart surgeon and television talk show host said he recognized his comments had confused and upset people, and that was never his intention.

Oz was talking with Fox's Sean Hannity on Tuesday about ways to get "our mojo back" during the epidemic and mentioned schools, which are largely closed across the United States.

He went on to say he'd seen a nice piece in the Lancet arguing that the opening of schools may only cost us two to three per cent in terms of total mortality.

Oz said any life is a life lost, but to get every child back into school where they are being safely educated, being fed and making the most out of their lives with the theoretical risk on the backside might be a trade-off some folks would consider.

It's not clear exactly what he was trying to say -- if he meant that a certain number of deaths was worth the benefit of schools resuming -- and a representative was not immediately available to clarify on Friday.

While not a staff member at Fox News, Oz has made frequent appearances on the network since the beginning of the outbreak.

In his Twitter message, he said that he's spent his career fighting to save lives by minimizing risk. But he's constantly being asked how people can get back to their normal lives.