Coronavirus patient Chris Cuomo joins Gov. Cuomo press conference


Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo and Chris Cuomo in 2018.

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Even thecoronavirus can’t keep the Cuomo brothers from taking good-natured shots at each other.

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who has the coronavirus, joined his New York governor brother Andrew Cuomo’s press conference Thursday to talk about his condition via a remote video feed.

“I’m doing pretty well, all things considered,” Chris Cuomo said during the press conference, where his older brother provided updates about how the pandemic in New York state, which is the national epicenter of the outbreak.

Gov. Cuomo said, “You look good. You sound good.”

“I know sometimes we joke. I’m not going to do that. Rule is you never hit a brother while he is down,” the governor said.

But the brothers, whose late father Mario Cuomo was a three-term governor of the Empire State, then launched into the kind of banter that has drawn attention on social media and elswhere when Chris has interviewed the governor on his evening show, Cuomo Prime Time.

“You look like you’ve been cutting your own hair,” Chris Cuomo said.

Chris Cuomo, who was speaking from the basement of his home in New York City, where he has been quaratined since getting diagnosed earlier this week, described how his fever from the coronavirus had affected his dreams.

“I got hit with a fever and those rigors,” Chris Cuomo said.  “It was like out of movie. I was having hallucinations. I saw pop.”

“You came to me in a dream,” the journalist told his brother.

“You had on a very interesting ballet outfit, and you were dancing in the dream, and you were waving a wand and saying, ‘I wish i could wave my wand and make this go away,’ and then you spun around and danced away,” Chris Cuomo said.

Gov. Cuomo replied, “Obviously the fever has affected your mental capacity.” 

Chris Cuomo then talked about getting together with his brother after the outbreak ends so they could go fishing together, after the governor said he was going to send him “a book on a beginner’s guide to striped bass fishing.”

Chris Cuomo shot back, “You’re the only person I have ever known who fishes in all white, because you have no expectation of getting any kind of fish or any kind of substance on you at any time when you fish,” Chris said.

The governor later said, “I have never been prouder than you than I am at this time.”

“I’ve been saying 1,000 times that 80% of the people get it and they self resolve, but you’re showing that,” Gov. Cuomo said.

“You go get some rest, I love you,” he added.

Chris Cuomo said, “I love you, thanks for letting me join today.”


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