Larry David's coronavirus PSA: Stay home, watch TV and stop 'hurting old people like me'

The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" creator starred in a public service announcement that urged "the idiots out there" to practice social distancing.

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By Doha Madani

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Larry David appeared in a public service announcement Tuesday that urged California residents to take advantage of the opportunity to stay home and binge-watch television during the coronavirus pandemic.

David, 72, was featured in a short clip from the governor's office that urged people to take the coronavirus seriously and to practice social distancing. California has been under a stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom since March 19.

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"I basically want to address the idiots out there — and you know who you are. I don't know what you're doing. You're going out, you're socializing too close — it's not good," David said. "You're hurting old people like me."

David, the co-creator of "Seinfeld," admitted that he'd probably never see any of those people, but he reminded them that they were hurting the elderly.

"The problem is you're passing up a fantastic opportunity, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to stay in the house, sit on the couch and watch TV," David said. "I don't know how you're passing that up."

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has advised Americans to slow the spread of the coronavirus by staying home, leaving only for essential needs and maintaining a social distance of at least 6 feet when out. The U.S. has the largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the global pandemic, with more than 185,000 positive tests and almost 3,800 deaths as of Tuesday.

David, who made a career off his awkward social skills, reminded fans of all the disastrous social situations he has found himself in on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," his hit HBO show.

"You know if you've seen my show nothing good ever happens going out of the house, you know that," David said. "It's just trouble. It's not a good place to be. Stay home and, you know, don't see anyone."