Charles Trepany USA TODAYPublished 10:17 PM EDT Mar 16, 2020Mel Brooks and his son Max have a message for those who think it’s OK to forego social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.In a video posted to Twitter Friday, Max explained why everyone, including young adults, should take coronavirus precautions seriously. Throughout the PSA, Brooks nods along with his son’s message, while standing behind a…
Published 10:17 PM EDT Mar 16, 2020
Mel Brooks and his son Max have a message for those who think it’s OK to forego social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a video posted to Twitter Friday, Max explained why everyone, including young adults, should take coronavirus precautions seriously. Throughout the PSA, Brooks nods along with his son’s message, while standing behind a glass door.
Max, 47, said he’ll “probably be OK” if he catches COVID-19, but his 93-year-old father is at a higher risk. According to the World Health Organization, people over the age of 60 and those with underlying conditions are at highest risk for severe disease and death, should they contract the virus.
Plus, Max added, Brooks could pass it on to other vulnerable people.
“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,” Max said. Reiner is 97, and Van Dyke is 94.
To prevent this, Max said even people who are not at high risk for the disease should be mindful of those who are by practicing social distancing, avoiding crowds, keeping at least six feet away from others, washing hands frequently and staying home if they have the option.
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“Do your part. Don’t be a spreader,” Max continued. “Right, Dad?”
The video capped off with Brooks knocking on the glass door and, with a smile, telling his son to “go home.”
“I’m going,” Max replied. “Love you!”
Jimmy Fallon made a PSA of his own on Instagram Friday, debuting a new hand-washing anthem that features his daughters.
“Wash your hands, wash your hands,” Fallon sings as he strums a guitar. “Do not touch your face. Wash your hands, wash your hands. Do not touch your face. If you wash your hands and do not touch your face, then the world will be a better place.”
In between the verses, the camera flashes to Fallon’s daughters Frances Cole, 5, and Winnie Rose, 6, smiling as they wash their hands in the sink.
While coronavirus transmission methods are still being analyzed, the CDC says it’s likely spread from person to person by water droplets discharged by sneezes or coughs from an infected person.
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Those droplets can be inhaled or even land in the mouths or noses of those nearby. Personal contact is usually between two people six feet apart or less. The virus can also live for hours or days on hard surfaces like desks or doorknobs.
That’s why using social distancing to avoid crowds is recommended.
Social distancing is different from being quarantined or isolated. While the latter two contain the spread, social distancing is a tool of intervention and mitigation, a way of reducing the viral impact on society by limited personal contact.
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It doesn’t eliminate the virus. but makes it easier to deal with. Social distancing reduces the number of infections and spreads them out over a longer period of time. The results are fewer infections and fewer deaths.
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Contributing: Grace Hauck, Jim Sergent, Janet Loehrke and George Petras