Bill Maher lectures the media to ‘calm down and start treating us like adults’ when it comes to COVID-19
Bill Maher (screengrab)

HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher worried about "panic porn" while criticizing "gloomy" media coverage of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

He said "this is not the apocalypse" unless you are a front-line medical worker.

"You don't have to put hot sauce on a jalapeno," Maher argued.

Media headlines were a particular object for his scorn.

"We need the news to calm down and start treating us like adults. Trump calls you 'fake news' -- don't make him be right," Maher said.