Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune won’t be filming with a studio viewers amid the continuing coronavirus outbreak, a supply near the 2 common recreation exhibits confirms to PEOPLE.
The selection to forgo having spectators on the stay tapings was made out of concern for the present’s senior viewers, who’re stated to be essentially the most in danger for issues related to the COVID-19 coronavirus, the supply says.
The choice was additionally was made in consideration of Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek‘s well being because the host at present has a compromised immune system resulting from his ongoing struggle towards stage four pancreatic most cancers. This makes him extra prone to the virus.
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Information of the change, which was first reported by TMZ, comes after a prime official from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention warned Individuals that “many will grow to be sick” from the virus because it continues to unfold throughout the nation.
“It’s honest to say that because the trajectory of the outbreak continues, many individuals in america, will in some unspecified time in the future in time, both this yr or subsequent, be uncovered to this virus. And there’s a superb likelihood that many will grow to be sick,” stated Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s Nationwide Middle for Immunization and Respiratory Ailments, in a press briefing on Monday.
Messonnier stated that COVID-19 is “extremely contagious” and “there’s basically no immunity towards this virus within the inhabitants as a result of it’s a brand new virus.”
Whereas the illness will probably be delicate for almost all of individuals — with signs akin to coughing, sneezing and a fever — older adults and people with compromised immune methods are on the highest threat for growing a extreme respiratory an infection that may result in loss of life, she stated.
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Final Might, Trebek, 79, advised PEOPLE that his first spherical of chemotherapy had gone so nicely that a few of his tumors had shrunk by 50 %. Nonetheless, later in the summertime, he stated his numbers had gone again up, and he would endure one other spherical of chemo — the uncomfortable side effects of which might depart him feeling depleted and oftentimes, depressed.
“There have been some good days, however a variety of not so good days. I joke with mates that the most cancers received’t kill me, however the chemo will,” the sport present host stated in a well being replace video shared on Wednesday.
“There have been moments of nice ache,” he defined. “Sudden huge assaults of nice depressions that made me marvel if it was actually value preventing on. However I brushed that apart shortly, as a result of that might have been an enormous betrayal — a betrayal of my spouse and soulmate Jean, who has helped me survive. A betrayal of different most cancers sufferers who’ve regarded to me as an inspiration, and a cheerleader of types of the worth of residing and hope.”
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He added, “And it actually would have been a betrayal of my religion in God and the thousands and thousands of prayers which were stated on my behalf.”
Trebek additionally famous within the video that although the two-year survival fee is simply 7 %, he sees no cause he can’t proceed preventing the great struggle and beating the chances. He concluded the clip with a message for different fellow sufferers and survivors on the market.
“So many people are concerned on this similar scenario,” he stated. “If we take it simply at some point at a time with a optimistic perspective, something is feasible.”