On Wednesday, Pennsylvania Heath Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine made the wearing masks when you leave your home mandatory for all Pennsylvanians - an expansion of the Secretary's order that people must wear a mask when visiting businesses.
Dr. Cyril Wecht told KDKA Radio's Wendy Bell that Levine's order is "totally, totally absurd."Listen Live Now on Newsradio 1020 KDKA
He said "I don't know how that's going to work. Everybody will decide for themselves and a number of people will be arrested and fined. I do not know, Wendy, what this is based upon."
Instead of learning just the daily COVID case counts, Dr. Wecht said we should be learning more about the people behind the numbers and how ill they are. "Tell me how many of them are ill; how many of them knew that they had any kind of Coronavirus infection; how many of them went to see a doctor; how many of them went to a hospital; how many of them were admitted to the hospital for further treatment; how many of them died. That is what is meaningful, not how many people have tested positive" said Wecht.
Wecht said that in a way, it's good that there are positive tests. "The more people who test positive, then we're developing, we're working toward what is called herd immunity. That's good. That's a good thing."
Dr. Wecht said the response to the virus isn't just about health. "This has been so over politicized, it's disgusting. And yes, I am a Democrat, but I am the first one to say the Democratic governors and other Democratic politicians are pushing hard for this because it looks bad for Trump and the longer it goes on, the worse it is for Trump - even in terms of his campaigning.
"The ultra left-wing liberals on the Democratic side - they're total lunatics too," he said. "Let's deal with this in an objective way."
Wecht said the mortality rate for COVID in people under 60 and in basic general health is 0.1 to 0.3 percent.
"Look at what these actions of a governmental nature - visa vie quarantining, sequestration - what they have done to us."
Dr. Wecht thinks there will come a time when people have had enough. "I think it's going to reach a point - the people are going to rebel," he said. "I don't think we're going to reach a point of armed, revolutionary conflict, but something has to end.
"People's lives are being destroyed, Wendy. They're literally being destroyed. Financially, domestically and in every single way. That cannot go on. Society cannot continue to function under the rules of Dr. Rachel Levine and Governor Wolf. Cannot! Cannot!"