The 'Cuomo Prime Time' host got emotional while remembering how his son was watching him sleep earlier in the day.
Chris Cuomo returned to airwaves while battling the coronavirus on Friday, during which time he offered an update on his condition, which he called a "surreal existence."
During an appearance on Anderson Cooper 360 with neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, the Cuomo Prime Time host said of his current condition, "I'm doing better than I deserve. Sanjay told me a few days ago — everything takes a few days to sink in with me — you can't wake up expecting to be better like you have a cold or or a virus. You get depressed because it's going to be a long slog and I accept that now. I get that this is going to be a long fight."
He added, "I know I'm looking at about twice the time I've had so far, so that's what it is. I'm lucky and I'm loved, and I just go day by day."
When asked whether he's worried about the virus, Cuomo said that he's primarily concerned that his wife or children could catch the virus from him. He added that hough the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said that 80 percent of people who die from coronavirus in the U.S. are 65 or older, "I see the 80 percent a little differently than I used to." He said, "I have my kids sending me all these different cutouts on social media of mothers who'd died and 30-year-olds who died and 50-year-olds who died. There's this acute awareness and appreciation."
Cuomo added, starting to tear up, "I woke up this morning and I didn't hear my son's quadanymore, he'd been riding around and all of a sudden I didn't hear it and he was watching me sleep. And I knew he was watching me because he was worried."
As for his daily routine, Cuomo said that he hasn't been watching Netflix or keeping up on the news because he has been "so lethargic." "It's a really surreal existence," he said. "It takes all of my energy to do alike this."
Later on in the appearance, Cuomo, Cooper and Gupta spoke with Fire Department of New York paradmedic Aline Bocanegra-Reich, who has tested positive for coronavirus and is taking care of two children while her husband is also sick. "Honestly, I am very afraid of going back to work and possibly contracting this again," she told the group. "Our needs aren't going to be met, they haven't been met. We're in danger every single day and we still have to figure out a way to feed our family because we are paid so poorly."
Ever since he first revealed that he tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, the Cuomo Prime Time host has offered regular updates on his condition while continuing to host the show from his home. The TV host, who is the brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has shared stories of hallucinations, chipping a tooth, insomnia and losing 13 pounds in three days from sweating so much.
"The best medicine is to not get it. Prevention," he told Anderson Cooper on March 31.
"What I'm worried about is duration. And my fear is I'm going to get through this and then I'm going to get something else ... like pneumonia." - CNN's @ChrisCuomo speaks with @AndersonCooper and @DrSanjayGupta about his fight with Covid-19. https://t.co/HUXxxSC0kt pic.twitter.com/DgESjbWxgq
Police in Crowley, Louisiana have issued an apology for using the siren heard in “The Purge” to signal the 9pm local time curfew that has been put into effect in the city because of the coronavirus outbreak via NME. The curfew prohibits citizens from leaving their homes between the local hours of 9pm and 6am. The police department said the curfew went into place because the city is located in the state’s Acadia Parish, which has “received the worst rating for the rapid spread of the virus. It has been put into place in order to try and slow the spread.” Police are giving citations to people who violate the curfew. People traveling to or from work must have documentation from their employer.
An alarm used by police at the beginning of the month was the same alarm heard in “The Purge,” James DeMonaco’s 2013 horror thriller about a fictional America where for one night it becomes legal to commit any crimes, including murder, for a 12-hour period. The alarm in “The Purge” is heard to signal that the killing and crime sprees can begin. The first “Purge” film starred Ethan Hawke and launched a franchise that includes three follow-up movies and a series on USA Network.
Crowley Police chief Jimmy Broussard said in a statement to the local ABC news affiliate KATC that he was unaware the signal being used for the coronavirus curfew was the same signal heard in “The Purge.” The chief assured citizens that the “Purge” siren would not be used again. The siren caused enough of a stir that an additional statement was released by Acadia Parish sheriff K.P. Gibson.
“Last night a ‘Purge Siren’ was utilized by the Crowley Police Department as part of their starting curfew,” the statement said. “We have received numerous complaints with the belief that our agency was involved in this process. We were not involved in the use of the ‘Purge Siren’ and will not utilize any type of siren for this purpose. Calls regarding this matter should be directed to the Crowley Police and Chief Broussard and not the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office.”
Universal Pictures is scheduled to release the next “Purge” movie in theaters this summer, but the film is likely to be delayed because of the coronavirus. The studio was not involved in the Crowley police department’s use of “The Purge” siren.