Howie Mandel Wears Hazmat Suit on Set of 'America's Got Talent'


Taking extra precautions.

During a live taping of “America’s Got Talent,” Howie Mandel arrived on set wearing a hazmat suit and gas mask.

The 64-year-old also wore a pair of orange gloves and had a baseball cap, which he carried in his hands.

Just a few days before, he joked about wearing a hazmat suit on Instagram and shared a photo of what appears to be two people in decontamination suits loading a covered stretcher into an ambulance.

“Me heading to work #agt,” he captioned the photo.

He also shared a photo of himself speaking to a person in a hazmat suit writing, “My wife’s @tmandel new lingerie #sexy.”

The comedian is a known germaphobe, so his paranoid response to the coronavirus outbreak, which has been declared a pandemic, isn’t exactly surprising.

He told PEOPLE that as concern grows, he has refrained from touching people.

“I don’t shake hands, not even fist bumping. I’ve taken it to another level.”

Production on “AGT” isn’t taking any chances either.

Heidi Klum was forced to leave the set upon feeling ill on Tuesday. She was absent from the taping.

When it was time to tape, the show’s three other judges, Mandel, Sofia Vergara and Simon Cowell, showed up to the stage and notified the audience that Klum would not be joining them due to food poisoning.

Other reports indicate she was simply feeling under the weather but made sure to note that it had nothing to do with coronavirus.

Production on many other TV shows has been affected, with “Jeopardy,” “Wheel of Fortune,” “Wendy Williams,” and “Live! With Kelly and Ryan,” opting to go sans audience until further notice.

Other events have also been canceled including movie premieres, concerts, and sporting events.

“It’s fair to say that as the trajectory of the outbreak continues, many people in the United States, will at some point in time, either this year or next, be exposed to this virus. And there’s a good chance that many will become sick,” said Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, in a press briefing.

Symptoms to watch for include coughing, sneezing, and fever. (Here’s how to tell the difference between coronavirus and seasonal allergies as symptoms tend to imitate each other.)

While the majority of people will experience mild symptoms, the CDC emphasizes that older adults and those that are immunocompromised are at risk.

Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer, refrain from touching your face, and stay away from anyone that appears to be sick.

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