CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, the brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, tests positive for coronavirus after suffering fever, chills and a shortness of breath
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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, the brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, has tested positive for coronavirus after suffering a fever, chills and shortness of breath.
Cuomo revealed his diagnosis on Tuesday saying he had been exposed in recent days to people who had subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.
The TV host said he was quarantining himself away from his wife and children in the basement of his home and would continue to film his nightly CNN show from there.
‘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,’ Cuomo tweeted on Tuesday.
‘I just hope I didn’t give it to the kids and Cristina. That would make me feel worse than this illness. I am quarantined in my basement (which actually makes the rest of the family seem pleased!) I will do my shows from here. ‘We will all beat this by being smart and tough and united.’
His brother, Gov Cuomo, addressed the CNN anchor’s positive diagnosis during his Tuesday press conference in which he said the number of statewide cases had increased to more than 75,000 and the death toll rose to 1,550.
Gov Cuomo said his brother was smart about social distancing but still had exposed himself to the virus.
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, pictured above working from home on Monday, has tested positive for coronavirus after suffering a fever, chills and shortness of breath
He used his brother’s case to urge essential workers to exercise caution amid the pandemic.
‘My brother Chris is positive for coronavirus. He is going to be fine, he’s young and in good shape, strong, not as strong as he thinks, but he will be fine,’ Gov Cuomo said.
‘But there’s a lesson in this. He’s an essential worker – a member of the press. He’s been out there. You go out there, the chance you get effected is very high.’
Gov Cuomo said his mother had been at his brother’s house two weeks earlier and he had advised him against doing so due to the risks.
‘My mother was at his house and I said that is a mistake. My mother is… older and she’s healthy but I said you can’t have mom at the house.
‘He said ‘no mom is lonely, she wants to be at the house. I feel bad she’s cooped up at the apartment’. I said I do too but you bring her to the house you expose her to a lot of things. You could expose mom to the virus.
While Cuomo may be ‘combative and argumentative’ when he is hosting his CNN show, Gov Cuomo said his brother was a ‘really sweet, beautiful guy’ who he described as his best friend.
Gov Cuomo made an appearance on his brother’s show, which he filmed from his basement, on Monday night.
Chris asked his brother whether he was considering a run for president given his approval ratings have increased over his handing of the coronavirus.
Gov Cuomo has said he has no plans to run for president.
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