Andrew Cuomo: Brother's coronavirus diagnosis shows importance of social distancing

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) said Tuesday that his brother CNN anchor 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’s diagnosis of COVID-19 shows the importance of social distancing. 

Andrew Cuomo commented on his brother’s Tuesday diagnosis at his daily press conference, saying “there’s a lesson” in his contraction of the coronavirus.

“He is going to be fine; he’s young, in good shape, strong — not as strong as he thinks — but he will be fine," he said. "But there’s a lesson in this."


The New York governor said his brother had been “out there” as an essential worker and a member of the press, putting him at risk of contracting the virus. 

“The reason I raise it is he’s smart. He’s social distancing, yes, but you wind up exposing yourself,” the governor said. “People wind up exposing you, and then they find out they're positive a couple of days later.”

Andrew Cuomo also discussed his disagreements with his brother over his mother staying at the CNN anchor’s house two weeks ago. The governor said his brother was “acting out of love,” but said he had cautioned that their mother, the former first lady of New York, Matilda Cuomo, could be exposed to the virus. 

He said the family would have been in a “much different situation” if she had stayed and likely would have contracted the virus from Chris Cuomo. 

“Now he’s quarantined in the basement, but he’s funny as heck, he says to me, ‘Even the dogs won’t come downstairs,’” the governor said, adding that his brother will be in quarantine for two weeks.

“But it’s my family. It’s your family. It’s all of our families,” Andrew Cuomo said. “And this virus is that insidious.”

The coronavirus has devastated New York state, infecting more than 75,700 people and leading to 1,550 deaths, the governor said during the Tuesday press conference. There were 9,298 new cases and 332 more deaths.