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 Chief Opinion Editor for Scientific American and author, most recently, of The Perpetual Now: A Story of Amnesia, Memory and Love. For 21 years he was a science writer for Time magazine.