CNN's Cuomo discusses positive coronavirus diagnosis on-air: 'You do not want this'

CNN’s Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoCNN's Cuomo reports 'funky stuff' in his blood work after COVID-19 recovery CNN's Cuomo pulls out massive cotton swab to tease brother after live COVID-19 test Owner says he did not report crime after video shows man on property in neighborhood where Ahmaud Arbery was killed MORE made his first television appearance Tuesday night since testing positive for the novel coronavirus, describing the social distancing precautions he is taking and urging viewers to remain resolute even though “it’s going to get worse” as testing becomes more commonplace.

“I feel fine. I’m able to do the show. You do not want this, and I am not able to be there for my family right now in the way that I want to be,” Cuomo said in a broadcast from his basement, where he also broadcast Monday ahead of the test results, adding that he was not yet sure whether he had transmitted the virus to any members of his family.

“And yet I’m hesitant to talk about me because who cares? This is so small compared to what so many of us are facing,” Cuomo continued, noting that ramped-up testing would likely result in significantly more positive test results in the weeks ahead.


“This is a fight. It’s going to get worse, and we’re going to suffer,” he continued. “And you have to accept that not with fear but with almost a fanatical sense of passion to fight because that’s the only way you’ve ever made it through anything hard in your life, and this will be no different.”

Cuomo, 49, the brother of New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo calls Brooklyn clashes 'disturbing,' asks attorney general to review Overnight Health Care: Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO | Cuomo: NYC on track to start reopening week of June 8 | COVID-19 workplace complaints surge 10 things to know today about coronavirus MORE (D), announced his positive test results earlier Tuesday, saying on social media that he had recently experienced chills and shortness of breath and that he would continue broadcasting from quarantine. Cuomo marks the third known case of the virus among CNN employees at the network’s New York office.