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Robin Roberts Is Now Hosting 'Good Morning America' From Home Out Of Coronavirus Concerns

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By Clark Sparky

Robin Roberts made the decision to begin hosting "Good Morning America" from home and her first remote show was on Wednesday morning. She shared that the decision was made just to be extra careful as coronavirus cases in New York City continue to surge.

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"Welcome to my house," she started the show. "It was a short commute for me this morning, just heading downstairs to... this is the screening room. This is where we binge like everybody else these days, in our screening room in our basement. You can see that little man Lucas is not thrilled at all," she said, referring to her dog. "He's just hanging out, that's what you do when you work at home."

"But like so many, that's what we're doing, we're working from home," she continued.

"New York City, there's an escalation right there, and because of my underlying health conditions, my doctors thought it best that I work from home. But I did bring some items from the studio — got my 'Good Morning America' mug, good morning sunshine, and also I brought this," and she held up a framed photo that said "Hope" and contained a photo of Cleveland kidnapping survivor Gina DeJesus.

"She never gave up hope," Roberts said about DeJesus. "And we never should give up hope either."

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"I heard your advice and because of what is going on in New York City, this will be my last day in the studio for a little bit and I will do like everyone else," Roberts told her guest, Dr. Gail Roboz, during Tuesday's show. "It is hard to leave because you want the normalcy. You want it not just for yourself but for our viewers."

Staying Safe

Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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