Why Social Distancing Is Important

Mel & Max Brooks

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Echoing guidelines distributed by the CDC since the beginning of the outbreak and Jewish mothers since the beginning of time, the younger Brooks urged followers to wash their hands, avoid large crowds and stay home whenever possible. Meanwhile, his father stood behind the safety of a glass door, making gestures that looked supportive but could have also meant “Of course I’m still going to the movies,” “Bump elbows? That’s ridiculous,” or “Your mother and I have planned this cruise for months. What could go wrong?”

AT 47, Max Brooks is young enough to feel safe from the virus. But he entreated his cohort to stay at home for the sake of their elders.

“If I get coronavirus, I’ll probably be OK,” he said in the now-viral — pun very much unintended — video. “But if I give it to him, he could give it to Carl Reiner, who could give it to Dick Van Dyke, and before I know it, I’ve wiped out a whole generation of comedic legends.”