CNN anchor Chris Cuomo announced that he had tested COVID-19, he revealed in his twitter handle Tuesday morning. Cuomo, the 49, is the younger brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has been leading his state’s charge to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
In his statement, the younger Cuomo shared that he’d been “exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive.” He added that he also had a “fever, chills and shortness of breath” and was quarantining in his basement to avoid exposing his family.
The governor addressed the family news in his briefing.
“Everyone is subject to this virus. It is the great equalizer,” the governor said.
He said his brother, whom he called his best friend, was strong (“not as strong as he thinks,” the governor joked) and that he would be fine.
Since the crisis began, Governor Cuomo has invoked his relatives to give constituents a reference point for how the disease was affecting their loved ones. But this was the first time the governor spoke about the disease striking his own family.
“He’s a really sweet, beautiful guy—and he’s my best friend.”— ABC News (@ABC) March 31, 2020
Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks movingly about his brother, anchor Chris Cuomo, who is self-quarantining after being diagnosed with coronavirus. https://t.co/H4H7Snn0lc pic.twitter.com/HmwVvlJApm
He used his brother’s illness to demonstrate the importance of social distancing, even from family members, saying that two weeks ago he had talked his brother out of letting their mother, who lives alone, stay in his house.