Howie Mandel, known germaphobe, says he's 'not inhaling' amid coronavirus (exclusive)

Howie Mandel, a known germaphobe, is taking all precautions to keep himself safe from the worldwide spread of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus.

ET spoke with the America's Got Talent judge in Los Angeles this week, where he joked about "how everybody is living" like him now. 

"I don't shake hands and now I've taken it to another level: I don't inhale. I am not inhaling," Mandel told ET's Lauren Zima. "Everybody's watching, everybody's aware. Welcome to Howie's world."

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 19: Howie Mandel attends the 'America's Got Talent' post-show red carpet at Radio City Music Hall on August 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: Model/TV personality Heidi Klum and comedian/TV personality Howie Mandel take a picture before the 'America's Got Talent' season 10 taping at Radio City Music Hall on August 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: TV personality Howie Mandel attends the #DEFENDFREEDOM Concert at FOX Studios on April 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Comedian and TV personality Howie Mandel visits SiriusXM Studios on October 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: Howie Mandel attends the 'America's Got Talent' Season 9 Pre Show Red Carpet Event at Radio City Music Hall on July 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
Howie Mandel, host of TV show 'Deal or No Deal' on NBC delivers a speech as he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on September 4, 2008 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Air Date 1/3/08 -- Episode 3468 -- Pictured: Television personality Howie Mandel during an interview on January 3, 2008 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 15: (L to R) Patricia Kara, Howie Mandel and Lindsay Clubine attend the NBC Primetime Preview 2006-2007 at Radio City Music Hall on May 15, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1985: Actor Howie Mandel poses for a portrait session in circa 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Maureen Donaldson/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ST. ELSEWHERE -- Season 1 -- Pictured: Howie Mandel as Dr. Wayne Fiscus (Photo by Herb Ball/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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When asked how he can possibly judge the contestants on America's Got Talent without inhaling, Mandel said he "doesn't need to inhale to judge"

"I can judge with a big exhale," he shared. "Like, 'Woo! You were fantastic.'"

The upcoming 15th season of America's Got Talent debuts May on NBC, and with Heidi Klum, Sofía Vergara, Terry Crews and Simon Cowell rounding out the panel, fans should prepare themselves for a wild ride.

"Everything in this show. There is laughter, there is tears, there's excitement, there is dismay," Mandel teased. "This is don't-miss television, this is the one show that has something for everybody, and if there is a moment that is not titillating to you and wonderful and exciting, just wait 60 seconds. There is something completely different, so there is something for everybody of every age from every place."

As we patiently wait for the all-new season of AGT, watch the video below to hear more on how the coronavirus is affecting Hollywood.  

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