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"I'm doing well. The beast comes at night," he said on Thursday night, adding that he's also had vivid hallucinations of his deceased father.

"As we know the health care workers have taken to call 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, and I've learned something that I didn't know before: It is responsible journalism to say that 80 percent of people who get this, statistically, wind up okay, meaning they don't get a hospital, they get through it. It is not humanly responsible, though, from an ethical perspective. Now that I am one of the anointed and these people reach out to me — you SUFFER when you have this at home, unless you are ridiculously lucky, statistically, and maybe karmically as well."

"I'm a big guy — I started off at 230 pounds," Cuomo added. "My wife is feeding me like we're still in the dating phase. So it's not like I'm hurting for nutrition. I'm eating and drinking constantly. I'm just sweating it out and it's the sickness."

He also had a warning for people not taking this seriously. "The idea that it's easy, so you can be nonchalant, that's so misleading," he said.


The CNN anchor is spending his free time helping to fight for testing in New York state, where his broth, Andrew, is governor.

"When I do have a couple of good hours, I'm still trying to do help with procurement for the state [of New York] because they really are fighting state by state, which is so stupid, to get the equipment that they need," Cuomo said. "So, I don't know how I got it and most people don't, Anderson, and we are so far behind on testing. We're telling ourselves these lies about testing. We're nowhere near where we need to be."

Staying Safe

Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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