CNN host said his head felt “like somebody was beating me like a piñata.”
Cuomo, broadcasting from his basement and in quarantine from the rest of his family, described rigors ― or shivering from fever that reached 103 ― so severe he chipped a tooth.
“These are not cheap, OK?” he said, referring to his teeth.
“It is maddening to have a fever all the time,” he said at one point in the show, and at another point described the feeling in his head: “like somebody was beating me like a piñata.”
He also described hallucinations, including seeing his father, the late Gov. Mario Cuomo of New York.
“My dad was talking to me, I was seeing people from college, people I hadn’t seen in forever,” he said. “It was freaky what I lived through last night. And it may happen again tonight.”
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta joined him to talk about the infection ― and even urged Cuomo to take some time off to recuperate.
“I know you’re a warrior,” he said. “But you’re allowed to take a day off.”
Cuomo also shared some good news: His family tested negative, meaning he didn’t pass it on to them.
See more of his descriptions of the symptoms ― and his conversation with Gupta ― in the clips below:
.@ChrisCuomo: "Care enough to not just to stay home but to stay on our leaders to make sure that they are doing everything they can to limit this."— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) April 2, 2020
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