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Why Savannah Guthrie Has Been Absent from ‘Today’

Why Savannah Guthrie Has Been Absent from ‘Today’

On Friday, “Today” anchor Savannah Guthrie called in to explain her absence!

Guthrie has been dealing with a bad case of pneumonia all week. She said, “Honestly, I was shocked that it was pneumonia because I feel like I’m breathing pretty well, I’m not wheezing or anything, and I really was kind of shocked that that’s what it was. I thought it might be the flu, I had the flu test and it was a negative, and every day I would tell our bosses … ‘I’ll probably be in tomorrow,’ and then have another night of sweating and freezing and aching and horrible.”

“I was talking to my mom yesterday and she was like, ‘Savannah, you have not gotten this sick in your entire life!’ and it’s really true. I have never been so laid-out flat and really, it’s just a lot of misery,” the 47-year-old noted. “The fever is the thing — it’s not a cold, I just couldn’t get the fever to break, so I’ve just been on round the clock medicine to keep the fever down and I started getting this really bad cough.”

Her daughter Vale, 5, was battling pneumonia two weeks earlier! She said, “Vail had pneumonia, and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, I can’t believe that… none of us got it.’ I never thought that two weeks later it could be hanging around.”

Son Charley, 2, is also sick with pneumonia. Savannah joked that her husband, Mike, is the only one who hasn't been stricken..

Pneumonia is a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection. Some types can be spread from one person to another. It inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs.

Earlier this year, “The View’s” Whoopi Goldberg opened up about her near-death experience with pneumonia, which forced her to be absent from the show for almost a month. She said, “I am here, I am up and moving around, not as fast as I'd like to be, but I am okay. I'm not dead. So, here's what happened. I had pneumonia, and I was septic. Pneumonia in both lungs, which meant there was fluid. There was all kinds of stuff going on and, yes, I came very, very close to leaving the Earth.”