Chris Cuomo said he’s lost 13 pounds since coronavirus diagnosis
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said that he is “doing well” after being diagnosed with the coronavirus on Tuesday, but he still wants people to know about the dangers of COVID-19.
In an interview with Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN Thursday night, Cuomo said he “learned” that while his condition isn’t bad enough to be hospitalized, he’s still feeling the harsh effects of COVID-19 while at home and that others have told him the same thing.
“You suffer when you have this at home unless you’re ridiculously lucky statistically and maybe karmically as well,” Cuomo said. “I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve had of people who’ve had over a 100, 102 (degree) fever for eight, 10, 12 days. And just to tell you what kind of toll that can take.”
Cuomo noted that he’s been dealing with constant fevers as well. He told Cooper and Dr. Gupta that his fever was around 101 degrees at the time of their interview, which he said is the worst time of the day for dealing with the virus.
“The beast comes at night,” Cuomo said. “As we all know, the healthcare workers have taken to calling the virus the beast. I understand why. My fever has gone up a couple of degrees in like the last 30 minutes. Nights are tough.”
In addition to the fevers, Cuomo said he’s dealt with headaches, sleeplessness, profuse sweating, blurry vision in his left eye at night, and weight loss.
“I’ve lost 13 pounds in three days,” Cuomo said. “Now I’m a big guy. I started off at 230 pounds. My wife is feeding me like we’re still in the dating phase. It’s not like I’m hurt for nutrition. I’m eating and drinking constantly. I’m just sweating it out and it’s the sickness.”
On his show “Cuomo Prime Time” Wednesday night, Cuomo, who is the brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, said he was shivering so much that he chipped a tooth and that he had a hallucination of his late father, former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo.
“So the sun comes up. I was up all night,” he said. “I tell you, I was hallucinating. 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 [Tuesday] night.”
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) April 2, 2020
Despite the constant fevers and weight loss (among other symptoms), Cuomo said he has found something that has helped him deal with the illness.
“Here’s what I know, that the chicken soup is not just anecdotal,” Cuomo said. “You look online, even if you look at JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, that has worked for me. I believe it has helped me lower my fever in periods.”
Cuomo said he has been recovering in the basement of his home and that his wife and three kids have not tested positive for COVID-19.
Cuomo’s overall message isn’t to scare people, but to inform them of what he’s dealt with while recovering at home.
“Look, it’s not about life or death. I don’t mean it that way. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be doing this show,” Cuomo said. “I’m not looking to scare people, I’m trying to do the opposite.
“We’re going to make it through,” Cuomo added of those recovering at home. “But the idea that it’s easy, so you can be nonchalant, is so misleading fellas. That I now know for fact.”
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