CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, host of Cuomo Prime Time, has been giving disturbing reports of his epic battle with coronavirus from his basement dungeon where he has been quarantined for days.
He announced Tuesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing symptoms of a fever, shortness of breath and chills, but would continue hosting his nightly show while marooned at home.
“Sooooo in these difficult times that seem to get more difficult and complicated by the day, I just found out that I am positive for coronavirus. I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive and I had fever, chills and shortness of breath,” he said Tuesday.
“I just hope I didn’t give it to the kids and Cristina. That would make me feel worse than this illness!”
The prime time host is the son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, who died in January 2015. He is also the younger brother of Andrew Cuomo who followed in his father’s footsteps and now governs the virus-beleaguered Empire State.
The anchor reported Wednesday that he had been hallucinating and speaking to his father in the dead of night. The symptoms he has been experiencing sound stranger and more frightening than those other patients have described.
‘So the sun comes up. I was up all night. I was hallucinating,’ he said.
‘My dad was talking to me.
‘I was seeing people from college, people I haven’t seen in forever. It was freaky what I lived through last night, and it may happen again tonight.”
The noticeably pale newsman also said he chipped his tooth while shivering violently due to his high fever, accompanied by body aches and tremors.
‘I want you to be thinking about everybody who is not as lucky as I am who are dealing with the same that I am and 10 times worse, especially after what I learned last night,’ he told his audience.
‘This virus came at me — I’ve never seen anything like it, okay? So I’ve had a fever. You’ve had a fever, 102, 103-plus that wouldn’t quit. It was like somebody was beating me like a pinata. I was shivering so much … I chipped my tooth. These are not cheap, OK?
Speaking to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Cuomo said, ‘Some people think they have a lower grade flu, some people think they have a sinus infection. I’ve got this thing that presents like the pain and the tremors, what they call the rigors, those things.”
He said his most frightening symptom has been chest constriction, illustrating why people have been crowding hospitals, complaining they can’t breathe and succumbing to the virus.
“And I’ll tell you, if I couldn’t breathe well, last night, I would have definitely freaked out and thought about having to call for help. If I couldn’t have breathed through the shivering and that I thought was never going to end and the fever,” Cuomo said.
“I totally get why people are sent into a panic here, because you think you may not make it.”
He shared the positive news that his wife of 19 years and his children have tested negative for the virus, but said he expects his bout to last into next week.
“This is going to be hard and I know now, I have to be looking at an eight, 10-day fight,” he said.
“I’m ready for it now. It is maddening to have a fever all the time. Right now, I think I was at 101 1/2 or something like that. To have that all day long, I totally get why it is making people dehydrated and making them really very upset. I totally get it,” he concluded.