Watch NBC News Reporter's Touching Reunion With Her Young Son After 49-Day Coronavirus Coverage (Video)

Correspondent Janis Mackey Frayer has been reporting from some of the hardest-hit areas amid the coronavirus crisis

NBC News correspondent Janis Mackey Frayer reunited Wednesday with her young son after 49 days apart — including a full 14-day quarantine — and the emotional video was shared far and wide.

With work travel, restrictions and quarantine in #China, our family was apart for 49 days,” the China-based journalist wrote on Twitter. “And yes, every one of them was hard — the worry, the decisions, the failed plans, isolation. Our little guy has been brave and resilient… and this was easily the best. hug. ever.”

In the clip she posted, her young son stands outside a fence squealing with excitement to see her as she runs down a driveway wearing, of course, a protective mask. She rushes past workers in full protective gear to crouch down and grab the child in an extended embrace. In a later tweet, she thanks her husband, photojournalist Kevin Frayer, for capturing the entire moment, as well as “the many days and weeks leading up to it,” for her.

When airing the moment on NBC Nightly News later in the day, Lester Holt told viewers it had “touched so many people” within the company.

“Janis has been on the front lines of covering the coronavirus crisis in China and Japan and the U.K. Now, back in China and after a 14-day self-quarantine, she is back with her family and we want to thank her and thanks to all of our correspondents and producers and crews who are working so hard away from their families to bring this global story to you and your families. To Janis, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” Holt explained.

Watch the touching video above.

All the Hollywood Films Arriving on Demand Early Because of the Coronavirus

  • Since most U.S. movie theaters have shuttered in response to the coronavirus pandemic, studios are rushing out VOD home releases of movies that were only just in theaters.

  • “Trolls World Tour” 

    The sequel to the 2017 animated hit announced it would be available for digital download on April 10 — the same day it was supposed to land in theaters. Now it’s a VOD exclusive.

    Universal Pictures

  • “Birds of Prey” 

    The Margot Robbie spinoff of 2017’s “Suicide Squad” will debut on demand on March 24. The film grossed $84 million since opening on Feb. 4.

    Warner Bros.

  • “The Hunt”  

    The Universal/Blumhouse horror film was first delayed from release last fall due to controversy over its violent content — and then sidelined after its March 13 opening by the coronavirus. It’s available to stream beginning March 20.

    Universal Pictures

  • “The Invisible Man” 

    The Universal horror film starring Elisabeth Moss grossed nearly $65 million since its Feb. 26 release in theaters. It’s available to stream beginning March 20.

    Universal Pictures

  • “Emma.” 

    Focus Features’ adaptation of the Jane Austen novel opened in limited release Feb. 21 — and picked up $10 million in ticket sales until the pandemic shut down theaters.

    Focus Features

  • “Bloodshot” 

    The Vin Diesel comic-book movie opened March 6 and grossed $10 million before theaters shut down. Now it’s due on VOD on March 24.

    Sony Pictures

  • “I Still Believe” 

    Lionsgate’s biopic starring K.J. Apa as Christian music star Jeremy Camp hits VOD on March 27 — just two weeks after it opened in theaters.


  • “The Way Back” 

    Warner Bros. will release the Ben Affleck drama — which grossed $13 million in theaters since its March 6 opening — on VOD less than three weeks later, on March 24.

    Warner Bros.

  • “Onward”

    Disney and Pixar’s animated feature was rushed to digital platforms, made available for purchase on Friday, March 20. The film will join Disney+ on April 3. 


  • “Sonic the Hedgehog”

    Paramount Pictures’ “Sonic the Hedgehog” set a new record for video game adaptations with a $58 million domestic opening weekend on Feb. 14 and, as of this pubbing, has grossed $306 million worldwide. It will be available on demand starting on March 31.

    Paramount Pictures

  • “The Call of the Wild”

    20th Century Studios’ feel-good film starring Harrison Ford and a giant CGI dog will be available on digital March 27.

    20th Century

  • “Downhill”

    Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation, a married couple (Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell) is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other. Sounds like a lot of couples we know at this time. It will be available on digital March 27.

    Fox Searchlight

  • “Never Rarely Sometimes Always”

    “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” will be available to purchase on demand for beginning April 3. The film — the story of two teenage cousins from rural Pennsylvania journey to New York City — premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and walked away with a Special Jury award.

    Focus Features

  • “Endings, Beginnings”

    “Endings, Beginnings,” a romantic drama from Drake Doremus starring Shailene Woodley, Sebastian Stan and Jamie Dornan, will open early on digital on April 17 and on demand on May 1. It was meant to open theatrically on May 1.

    Samuel Goldwyn Films

  • “To the Stars”

    “To the Stars,” a period drama set in 1960s Oklahoma that stars Kara Hayward, Liana Liberato, Jordana Spiro, Shea Whigham, Malin Akerman and  Tony Hale, was bumped up to a digital release on April 24 and an on demand release on June 1. Martha Stephens directed the film that premiered at Sundance in 2019 and was meant to be released theatrically by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

    Samuel Goldwyn Films

  • “Impractical Jokers: The Movie”

    truTV’s first-ever feature-length film is arriving early on digital
    April 1. Follow James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulvano, aka The Tenderloins, playing themselves in a fictional story of a humiliating high school mishap from the early ’90s. Fans of the TV show know there’ll be plenty of side-splitting jokes.


“Sonic the Hedgehog” joins a list of big films heading to home entertainment platforms early

Since most U.S. movie theaters have shuttered in response to the coronavirus pandemic, studios are rushing out VOD home releases of movies that were only just in theaters.

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