As of Tuesday at 5pm, bars in Allegheny County were forced to close and restaurants could no longer serve alcohol to customers. This order from Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald came as part of the county's efforts to reverse the recent trend of increased COVID-19 case counts.
On Wednesday, Dr. Cyril Wecht told KDKA Radio's Marty Griffin that he doesn't understand the correlation. "To say that the restaurant can be open but somehow liquor can't be served. I don't understand it. I don't understand what in the world there is about serving alcohol.
"Many restaurants, if they don't have their bars, they're not gonna stay open. From a medical standpoint, I do not understand how there is increased danger of getting ill and going on to die from COVID. If they want to carry on a campaign regarding alcohol, then carry on a campaign and do extensive questionnaires about how much people drink so that they make sure they don't develop cirrhosis and die from alcohol."
In May, Wecht told the KDKA Radio Morning Show “We are absolutely destroying our society, our civilization” with COVID-related shutdowns and quarantines.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, this week said that he wouldn't be surprised if COVID cases in the United States increased to 100,000 a day.
Wecht said while that would be a significant problem to be dealt with by appropriate medical and health care services, "after a while, you develop what is referred to as herd immunity.
"After a while people develop some degree of immunity toward this Corona, COVID-19 and then we'll have in some months or another half a year or so on a vaccine for people who want to take it. It's not going to be mandatory. And we will survive. In the meantime, I will just say that I think the reaction has been far too broad and too rigidly applied. The variations speak for themselves from one state to another and one country to another. Obviously, there's a lot that is up in the air."
On Tuesday, Fauci called out bars as a prominent culprit for the increase in COVID-19 cases and said, "Congregation at a bar, inside, is bad news," Fauci said. "We really got to stop that right now."