The cause of Cuomo’s insomnia?
“This virus attacked me, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Cuomo said, telling viewers that he was plagued by a fever of around 103 degrees. “That wouldn’t stop.”
“It was like someone punching me like a piñata,” he continued. “I was shaking so much … I broke my tooth.”
Then there were fever-related hallucinations.
“My father spoke to me,”
For the second time in a row, 49-year-old Cuomo, who has repeatedly said he refuses to be excluded from the virus, has combined his personal experience of reporting on the global pandemic to bring home the seriousness of the outbreak. During the Wednesday show, the anchor gave viewers a first-hand report on how coronavirus symptoms might feel, and also interviewed guests such as CNJ chief correspondent Sanjay Gupta, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy (D), and the relatives of a New Jersey emergency doctor who recently died after treatment for Covid-19 patients.
Cuomo is not the first television personality to be used as a soldier by a serious diagnosis, and he is not the only one who enables the public to familiarize himself with details of his sensitive situation. But his decision to record the misery of a potentially fatal disease and describe his symptoms live and in real time appears to be an unprecedented step among the network anchors.
Cuomo sat in his basement, casually dressed in a dark sweater and t-shirt, and started his show with an update on his condition.
“Anyone who has ever seen me will tell you that my first lap is never my best, and that hasn’t proven to be any different with coronavirus,” he said. “I’ve never had a fever like what I’ve been doing all the time, and the body hurts and trembles, and the worry of being unable to do anything about it.” I totally understand why so many across the country are so scared. “
Although he reported that he felt “much worse” on Wednesday, Cuomo had some good news to share with his audience.
“My biggest fear was to pass this on to Cristina and the kids,” he said, referring to his 19-year-old wife. “They are negative and that’s the best thing I’ve ever heard.”
Cuomo, who had previously admitted that his fight against Covid-19 faded compared to many others, then tried to shift the focus of the show to the national conversation around the virus by spawning Gupta. However, before starting a discussion about “staying at home” orders, Gupta made sure that he contacted his colleague and friend.
“I’m happy to see you,” said Gupta. “We spoke last night after the show. You had these exertions, I will only say it so bad that I think you broke a tooth. This was important to you.
“I know you are a warrior, but you can take a day off,” added the doctor.
Gupta wasn’t the only person worried about Cuomo on Wednesday. At a press conference earlier in the day, the anchor’s older brother, New York governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D), told reporters that he was “startled” by the situation.
“We’re talking about my little brother,” said the governor. “This is my best friend. I talk to him several times a day. … It’s terrifying because I can’t do anything and I’m out of control.”
The older Cuomo referred to his brother as an example of how “everyone can contract this disease” and praised the anchor’s “brave, brave” decision to stay on the air.
“Show the country what it means to have coronavirus, and this information, this experience can be helpful to people. That’s why he did the show last night,” said the governor. “A big compliment to him. My pop would be proud. I love you little brother. “
On Wednesday, Chris Cuomo shared his previous experiences with corona viruses and gave people an insight into what he called “creepy times”.
According to Cuomo, personal interactions were limited to exchanging trays on the top of the basement stairs with his wife, who is wearing a mask and gloves. When his CNN colleague Don Lemon came to visit, Cuomo remembered his colleague, “who looked at me like I was in a zoo behind a glass door”.
But none of that compared to what he went through on Tuesday night, Cuomo said.
“I’ve had a lot of strange experiences with health and everything else in my life,” he said. “I’ve never had anything like what followed me with this virus last night.”
Cuomo gestured emphatically and told of his sleepless night. Doctors believe that he will experience similarly harrowing episodes five to eight times while he continues to fight the virus.
“I understand now,” he said. “If you reconcile that with a chest constriction and people can’t breathe, I understand why we’re losing so many people and why our hospitals are so crowded.”
When he checked out for the night, Cuomo sent a targeted message.
“It is important enough not only to stay at home but also to stay with our executives to make sure that they do everything to limit this,” he said. “I tell you that is the part of our life that we will live and remember the most. How would you like to be remembered during this time?”