Kelly Ripa is turning to humor to combat the growing coronavirus concerns.
While most of the world is buying out all the toilet paper and canned goods at supermarkets, the “Live with Kelly and Ryan” host took to her Instagram Story to document her Botox injections, during which she jokingly addressed a “very serious medical problem going around right now.”
While it seemed as though she might be alluding to COVID-19, her doctor, Robert Anolik, chimed in playfully that the medical issue was “botox deficiency.”
“A lot of side effects. Lines, wrinkles,” he joked.
Ripa then made a comment about the doctor keeping a safe distance and not touching her per the CDC’s guidelines to try to contain the virus.
"You know, I appreciate how germ nervous you are, because we all are," she quips before he assures her he's "following the CDC rules."
“These are great CDC rules and I appreciate them,” Ripa said. “Having said that, in this time we can notice that there’s been a lot of worrying. You can see it’s written all over my face, but Dr. Anolik decided to be brave today and come into work… to treat my acute Botox deficiency syndrome.”
In the next video, Ripa is seen getting her injections before dramatically asking her doctor, “What do you think, did I survive? Is there any Botox left for anyone else, doctor?”
“We used it all up. Hopefully, there won’t be a shortage,” Anolik cracks back.
Ripa’s lighthearted approach comes on the heels of her daytime talk show opting to broadcast without a studio audience.
Other shows have followed suit including “The View,” “Good Morning America,” “Jeopardy,” and “Wheel of Fortune.”
"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and many other late-night talk shows have simply suspended production for the time being, according to Huff Post.