Barbara Walters Has Chicken Pox

Barbara Walters (Getty Images)

Barbara Walters (Getty Images)

Don’t scratch, Barbara! Barbara Walters, who has been hospitalized since she fell and hit her head on January 19, is now recovering from a common childhood affliction: Chicken Pox. Ms. Walters was kept in the hospital for observation after her fall because of a high temperature, and it seems to have been a result of the pox.

“We want to give you an update on Barbara,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg announced today on The View. “You all know that she fell and cut her head 10 days ago, and then was running a temperature, but it turns out it is all the result of a delayed childhood. Barbara has the chicken pox.” 

Ms. Goldberg also advised her 83-year-old co-host not to scratch. We remember our parents putting socks on our hands to prevent scratching, but we assume Ms. Walters has more self-control than a five-year-old.

We advise Ms. Walters to enjoy watching, as opposed to being on, daytime television. Also, oatmeal baths!