UPDATE: Heidi Klum has finally obtained a coronavirus test. But out of an abundance of caution, she is staying away from husband Tom Kaulitz, whose Tokio Hotel band just ended its tour. Klum said on Instagram they would stay apart until they each obtain the results of coronavirus tests.
Klum has been absent from the AGT panel because she has shown symptoms of the coronavirus infection. She previously complained she was unable to find a place that would administer a test for the virus.
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Like many of you, I also have been sick all week and, unfortunately, my husband who returned from his tour a couple of days ago is also feeling ill. To be safe, we are staying apart until we get the results of our Coronavirus tests (that we were finally able to get today) back. We don’t want to spread germs and risk others getting sicker… even each other! As much as I want to embrace him and kiss him, it is more important to do the right thing and not spread further. ?? These are strange times… but in these moments, you remember what’s really important- the people you love and keeping them safe. Social distancing is what we all need to do right now to be responsible citizens of the world. We are all in this together and it is up to us to protect our loved ones, and our neighbors and our communities. Please listen to the officials and stay at home if you can and physically distance yourself from other people… especially if you are not feeling well. I see all the beautiful things people are doing for each other all over the globe and that gives me hope! Sending all of you love and positivity and healing vibes… together we can get through this but we need to be proactive so that we can all have a bright and healthy future. ??????????? #socialdistancing #washyourhands #stayput #bekindtoeachother
EARLIER: America’s Got Talent judge Heidi Klum has taken to Instagram to explain her recent absence from NBC’s hit competition series. Klum went home sick Tuesday, with what NBC described in a statement as a “common cold.” Klum has posted an Instagram video of herself lying in bed, explaining that she’s sick, “feeling feverish, cough, runny nose, and has tried, without success, to be tested for coronavirus. You can watch the video below.
“Hi, everyone, I just wanted you to know why I have not been sitting in my America’s Got Talent seat, said Klum in the video. “It started all with like a chill, feeling feverish, cough, runny nose. I’m just not feeling good, so that’s why I’ve stayed home, to not infect any other people.
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I hope it’s just a cold. I would love to do the corona test, but there just isn’t one here,” she continued. “I tried with two different doctors and I just can’t get one. Stay safe, everyone. Stay home if you don’t feel good.”
The Trump administration has come under fire over delays in making testing more widely available for COVID-19. Earlier today, President Trump declared a national emergency over the crisis.
Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet filled in for Klum as guest judge on Wednesday’s taping of AGT, NBC said. Klum is joined on the judge’s panel by Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, and Sofia Vergara, along with host Terry Crews.
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