UPDATE: Craig Melvin co-anchored MSNBC’s 11 AM ET newscast from his home, as he is self-quarantine as a precaution after being potentially being exposed to the coronavirus.
“We are going to get through this,” Melvin told viewers, standing in a room decorated with palm-theme wallpaper. “The reality is, this is the new reality.”
PREVIOUSLY: Savannah Guthrie anchored Today from her home basement on Wednesday, as she decided to not go into the NBC studio out of precaution as she has a sore throat.
“Here’s what happened: I wasn’t feeling my best. A little sore throat, some sniffles. I wouldn’t have thought anything of it, but we are in different times, aren’t we?” Guthrie said to co-host Hoda Kotb.
She said that she was following Centers for Disease Control guidelines, as well as the advice of NBC’s medical team, in staying home, even if she said that she otherwise was feeling fine.
Later, Guthrie interviewed Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who started by asking her how she was feeling. “I am feeling well enough. Thank you for asking.”
Guthrie’s husband, Mike Feldman, a media consultant, served as a producer and technician in getting Guthrie set up. She had a large-screen TV as her backdrop.
Al Roker and Craig Melvin, who co-host the third hour of Today, have been in self-isolation as a precaution after one of the show’s staffers, a producer, tested positive for the virus. Roker did the weather from his home on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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