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'Today Show' Co-Hosts Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie Dish on Parenting and Working Amid Pandemic

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By Zachary Holt

With the coronavirus continuing to wreak havoc throughout the country, quarantine and social-distancing orders have become more stern, leading to the likes of the 'Today Show' co-hosts, Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie, to stay home with their children and family, while still working on the program. And although this presents some challenges, the duo is enjoying their time being home. Recently, Kotb and Guthrie spoke with Entertainment Tonight about self-quarantining amid the COVID-19 outbreak and continuing to report the news on the 'Today Show'.

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Guthrie Spent Two Weeks Working From Home as a Precautionary Measure

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Guthrie personally worked from home for a couple of weeks during March as a precautionary measure when she began to exhibit a 'runny nose' and 'mildly sore throat'. She did return to the set of Studio 1A, but was then sent home again to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

The 'Today Show' anchor told Entertainment Tonight that she lives two hours away from New York City and that it's been important for her to be able to spend time with her family during the crisis.

Guthrie Is Enjoying Spending Time at Home with Her Children

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"We're all getting a lot of time together, which is actually really great. But also I feel like our kids really need us right now -- whatever age they are -- whether they seem like it or not," Guthrie explained to the outlet on Monday. "They know and they sense, even little ones like ours."

For Guthrie, now is simply a time to enjoy being with her kids and appreciate the situation they've been placed in. The co-host revealed to ET that they've been playing a lot of board games and that she's been sure to stay on a coffee regimen to remain productive. "So much toddler time! So much Candy Land, so much Chutes and Ladders."

Kotb Is Trying to Be Present For Her Kids While She Has the Opportunity

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Meanwhile, Kotb is also focused on being the best mother she can for her two children. The co-host believes that she needs to be more present than ever while she has the opportunity.

"Once those lights go off at work, be at home! I feel like that's the key," she explained. "I was kind of wondering how our kids are going to react when the world does go back to normal, when they're so used to family dinners always, and all this time with us." And while they're committed to spending time with their children, they both have to continue to work, which includes doing their own makeup.

Guthrie and Kotb Are Relying on Each Other to Keep Their Spirits Up

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"We both spent many, many years in local news, doing our own hair and makeup, and results speak for themselves," they revealed to ET.

"If you go back and look at the tapes with our crazy hair. We loved it, it was such a nice thing to have our hair and makeup person, and now we're doing it ourselves. We're just doing the best we can. It's not so great, but it can be worse."

"We still have a long way to go, so I think Savannah are just -- we're both kind of pacing ourselves, knowing that this is a marathon," they added. "I think we're just trying to keep each other's spirits up as we let people know on a daily basis just what's going on and things they need to know."

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