Brian Malow calls himself “Earth’s Premier Science Comedian”—and who am I to disagree? Even Malow can’t find anything funny about the COVID-19 pandemic, of course. He still has something useful to say, though about the new precautions we’re all suddenly being asked to take. They can seem excessive—even draconian. That’s the wrong way to think about them, however. Here’s how he explains it:
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Michael D. Lemonick is a freelance writer; the former chief opinion editor at Scientific American; and a former senior science writer at Time magazine. His most recent book is The Perpetual Now: A story of Amnesia, Memory and Love. Lemonick also teaches science journalism at Princeton University. Follow him on Twitter @MLemonick. Credit: Nick Higgins