Chris Cuomo provided viewers with a glimpse into his personal life as both he and his wife struggle with coronavirus. They are quarantining away from each other in their own house, so they have relied heavily on their 17-year-old daughter Bella to help run the household.
“My wife and I have to be separated for another two weeks, which means our house is dependent on a 17-year-old, my daughter Bella, who’s stepping up,” Cuomo said on Thursday. “But you may hear them because this is now Lord of the Flies — the kids are in control.”
I’m doing “better than I deserve” but “this was tough for Cristina to get it,” says @chriscuomo, sharing an update on his family after both he and his wife tested positive for coronavirus #CNNTownHall https://t.co/cHHHqOOPRn pic.twitter.com/zmPARSekuz
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) April 17, 2020
The CNN anchor went on to talk about his wife’s COVID-19 symptoms.
“We have completely different symptoms, thank God. She’s stronger than I am. She’s got a stronger immune system, a stronger constitution and a stronger character,” he said. “She lost her sense of smell and taste, but no fever. She got a lot of sinus pressure in her head, a little bit of lethargy. And a little bit of residual frustration at me, because I’m almost certain how she got it.”
“Cristina now has COVID, she is now positive and it just breaks my heart. It is the one thing I was hoping wouldn’t happen and now it has,” he said. “Obviously I’ve been a little bit of a mess about it today, so I’ve been talking to Andrew about it a lot. The person who’s not upset is Cristina. Cristina takes everything in stride and so far we’re hoping, and a lot of this is anecdotal because we don’t know that much, she lost her sense of smell and taste. This is not science, but anecdotally the cases that I hear about that are more mild tend to have that. I didn’t have that.”
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.
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.