Earlier this week, Today show stars Al Roker and Craig Melvin started phoning into Studio-1A from home out of an abundance of caution during the coronavirus outbreak. Now, Savannah Guthrie will be doing the same.
On Instagram, Savannah shared a photo of her new work-from-home space in her basement, explaining that this will be the new norm for a bit while the spread of COVID-19 continues.
Savannah explained that she made the decision to stay home after having "a mild sore throat and runny nose." Based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of COVID-19 may vary, but the primary ones to look out for are fever, cough, and shortness of breath, which may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. That said, the CDC also recommends limiting contact with people and canceling gatherings or activities involving more than 10 people. Ultimately, Savannah decided that it's best to err on the side of caution altogether.
"This was the advice of NBC’s superb medical team and my bosses. I feel good and am sure I will be back in no time - but during these days, it’s on all of us to be extra cautious and caring of those around us."
Overall, Today show fans appear to be applauding Savannah's decision. "Hope you feel better soon, Savannah! You always make mornings better!" one fan wrote on Instagram. "Technology can be wonderful in times like these! Good job taking precautions!" another said.
On Monday morning, Hoda Kotb and Savannah announced that an unnamed staffer who worked on the 3rd hour of Today had tested positive for COVID-19, which is why Al and Craig ultimately decided to begin working from home. At the time, Savannah clarified that both Craig and Al were doing okay and "feeling good." NBC News president Noah Oppenheim added that the network was "taking all necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our teams, which includes multiple deep cleanings of our offices, control room, and Studio 1A."
For helpful resources regarding coronavirus, visit: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Coronavirus Disease 2019 fact page and The National Association of County and City Health Officials' directory of local health departments.
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