Chris Cuomo’s Scary Battle with COVID-19: Shocking Weight Loss, Hallucinations, and More
Days after his coronavirus diagnosis, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is opening about how the virus has affected his mind and body.
On Thursday, Cuomo told Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta on a CNN town hall broadcast, “I've lost 13 pounds in three days. Now, I'm a big guy. I started off at 230 pounds… I'm eating and drinking constantly. I'm just sweating it out, and it's just the sickness.”
Chris pointed out the symptoms get worse as the day goes on, saying, “The beast comes at night. My fever has gone up a couple of degrees in, like, the last 30 minutes. Nights are tough.”
Dr. Gupta suggested that Cuomo take a break from working, saying, “We had suggested you not work right now. I mean, you are incapable of not working and talking about this but just for the record, we did suggest that."
Cuomo responded, “I respect the suggestion, but I respect the work ethic more! In-between the hits and in-between when I'm doing the show, I'm a waste. I sleep probably 10 hours of the day if I can, in and out. I try to walk and do these breathing exercises because I'm petrified of getting pneumonia."
Earlier this week, Cuomo detailed his battle with COVID-19. Of his intense fever, the 49-year-old shared, “It was like somebody was beating me like a piñata and I was shivering so much I chipped my tooth.”
Chris also dealt with hallucinations, saying, “My dad [the late Gov. Mario Cuomo] 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.”
Chris was recently praised by his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, for his openess about his struggles. During a press briefing, Andrew said, “I do believe this is going to be a great public service in an ironic way... You living it, showing it... doing the show, reporting on how you feel... I think it demystifies this. It takes a lot of the unknown out of the equation. And I know it's a terrible unfortunate circumstance for you, but think about it from a journalistic point of view, a public service point of view. You are answering questions for millions of Americans."