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By Sierra Marquina

Bob Costas finally had to take a day off from the Olympics coverage for the first time since 1988 due to a bad case of pink eye.

The NBC anchor phoned in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest from Sochi and admitted he feels fine, despite how his eyes look.

“I feel fine, which seems weird,” Bob explains. “But I have this eye infection, which has gone from my left eye to my right … and I did the first five nights wearing glasses even though people could see how red and swollen my eyes were I didn’t care because I could still function. I could still read the notes I had to read on the athletes and find my way around the studio. But, then in the last 36 hours, it got to the point my vision became so blurry and sensitive to light I can’t even be in regular room light let alone studio light.”

Although the NBC sportscaster has to now be in isolation as to not spread the virus, he isn’t being shunned entirely.

“When something like this, and this is a bad pun, both I and the situation have gone viral they tell me at NBC medical  … they’ve received thousands of emails and calls …with [remedies and suggestions].”

Bob adds that he believes he’ll be able to get back on the air before the Winter Olympics are over.

“In sports, there’s a term that they use for people who are on the injured list,” he explains. “They say: ‘He’s day-to-day.’ And I am day-to-day. I’m hoping that I’m back by the weekend and I certainly think I’ll be able to do the second half of the games. The virus, they tell me, will run its course for two or three weeks, but … as soon as the symptoms get to the point where I can be in the studio, I’ll be there.”

Here’s to a healthy, speedy recovery! In the meantime, catch Matt Lauer who is covering for Bob on NBC.