Chris Cuomo was diagnosed with coronavirus this week. On Wednesday night, the CNN anchor talked about the horrible symptoms of COVID-19. The younger brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he suffered from a sky-rocketing fever, hallucinations, and shivering so severe that he chipped a tooth.
Cuomo was broadcasting from the basement of his home, where he has quarantined to try to not infect his wife and his children, who have thankfully tested negative for the coronavirus.
“Now I know what I’m up against,” Cuomo said of his first days with fighting the coronavirus. “Never had anything like it. I’ve never experienced any kind of fever like what I have going on all the time, the body aches, the tremors, the concern about not being able to do anything about it, I totally get why so many are so scared all over this country.”
Joining the news anchor was CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Cuomo, who warned Cuomo about violent shivers that he would experience as his body battled back against the respiratory disease.
“You had these rigors, so bad that I think you chipped a tooth,” said Gupta.
A rigor is an “episode of shaking or exaggerated shivering which can occur with a high fever.”
Cuomo said that he also experienced hallucinations of his late father, Gov. Mario Cuomo, who died in 2015.
“My dad was talking to me,” Cuomo said. “I was seeing people from college, people I haven’t seen in forever. It was freaky what I lived through last night.”
Cuomo’s doctor said he may experience nights like that up to eight more times.
“I get it now, and if you match that with chest constriction and people can’t breathe, I totally get it, why we’re losing so many people and why our hospitals are so crowded,” he said.
“[This] totally opened a different window for me in my heart for all those who have had to watch their loved ones slip away and go into the hospital where they can’t visit and have them in places where they can’t say bye,” Cuomo said.
Let’s hope that Chris Cuomo and the other 226,378 Americans who are infected with coronavirus are able to beat the disease.