CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin has revealed that she has tested positive for coronavirus, making her the network’s second anchor to be diagnosed with the illness.
The 40-year-old journalist announced her diagnosis in an Instagram post on Friday afternoon, just days after her colleague Chris Cuomo shared that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
‘I’ve tested positive for the coronavirus,’ she wrote. ‘I am OKAY. It came on suddenly yesterday afternoon. Chills, aches, fever.’
‘I’ve been social distancing. Doing ALL the things we’re being told to do. Still — it got me,’ she continued. ‘I’m healthy… No underlying conditions…’
‘Honestly, I feel like one of the lucky ones,’ she added. ‘I look forward to being back on [television] and seeing you real soon. And shout out to the doctors and the nurses who are doing the real work right now.’
The day before Baldwin revealed her diagnosis, Cuomo, 49, appeared on a CNN town hall about the coronavirus on Thursday night.
The journalist has been delivering updates on his condition and the severity of his coronavirus symptoms from his basement having officially tested positive on Tuesday.
He previously revealed that he was suffering a fever so debilitating that he hallucinated a conversation with his late father, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, chipped his tooth from shivering so intensely, and felt like he was being beaten like a pinata.
The TV host has become one of the main faces representing coronavirus patients across the country, as national cases rise to over 258,000 and the death toll jumped to 6,605 on Friday.
Cuomo revealed to fellow host Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta that he had lost 13 pounds in the last three days because the fever was causing him to sweat so much.
‘I’m just sweating it out and it’s the sickness,’ he said.
He issued a stark warning that fake cures are being pushed on the internet by those hoping to take advantage of the vulnerable, scared and desperate.
‘People are selling a lot of lies and people are buying it up because of the desperation. I get it but they don’t work, there’s no proof in any of them,’ he warned.
‘I think we have to be very careful about people preying on desperation.’
He did, however, applaud the simple recipe of chicken soup, saying that it was helping to break the fever.
Cuomo added that his fever hits worse at night time but that he is continuing with his show despite offers from his CNN co-workers to take a break.
‘I’m doing well. The beast comes at night,’ he told Cooper.
‘As we know the health care workers have taken to call the virus “the beast.” I understand why. My fever has gone up a couple of degrees in like the last 30 minutes.
‘Nights are tough, and I’ve learned something that I didn’t know before: It is responsible journalism to say that 80 per cent of people who get this, statistically, wind up okay, meaning they don’t get a hospital, they get through it. It is not humanly responsible, though, from an ethical perspective,’ he added.
‘Now that I am one of the anointed and these people reach out to me — you suffer when you have this at home, unless you are ridiculously lucky, statistically, and maybe karmically as well.’
Cuomo also commented on the lack of testing in the country, saying that although he’s spending up to ten hours a day trying to sleep off the fever, he is still actively trying to help New York in finding more equipment.
‘When I do have a couple of good hours, I’m still trying to do help with procurement for the state [of New York] because they really are fighting state by state, which is so stupid, to get the equipment that they need,’ he said.
‘So, I don’t know how I got it and most people don’t, Anderson, and we are so far behind on testing. We’re telling ourselves these lies about testing. We’re nowhere near where we need to be.’
He had touched on the subject earlier on Thursday when he appeared alongside his brother Andrew for the New York Governor’s daily coronavirus briefing.
Chris joined the briefing via remote video feed from the basement of his home in New York City, where he was seen casually dressed in a green hoodie and baseball cap.
Chris said: ‘It’s going to be a long slog — now I know the fight I’m in for. I see why it takes people out.’
He said he began experiencing strong symptoms on the night he was diagnosed, revealing that the constant fevers have even crept into his dreams.
‘That night I got hit with a fever and rigors, it was like out of a movie. I had hallucinations. I was seeing Pop,’ he said, referencing their late father Mario Cuomo, a three-term New York governor.
‘You came to me in a dream,’ Chris told his brother.
‘You had on a very interesting ballet outfit, and you were dancing in the dream, and you were waving a wand and saying, “I wish I could wave my wand and make this go away,’ and then you spun around and danced away.”
‘Obviously the fever has affected your mental capacity,’ Gov. Cuomo replied before adding: ‘Well you look good, I have to tell you, comparatively you look good.’
Cuomo first announced on Tuesday that he tested positive for COVID-19.
‘Sooooo in these difficult times that seem to get more difficult and complicated by the day, I just found out that I am positive for coronavirus. I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive and I had fever, chills, and shortness of breath,’ he said.
‘I just hope I didn’t give it to the kids and Cristina. That would make me feel worse than this illness!’
But Cuomo assured his followers that ‘we will all beat this by being smart and tough and united!’
The chilling extent of the effect of the virus on his body was only heard on Wednesday when he spoke about the sleepless night he suffered as symptoms ravaged his body.
‘I want you to be thinking about everybody who is not as lucky as I am who are dealing with the same that I am and 10 times worse, especially after what I learned last night,’ he said of his illness.
.@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.”
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— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) April 2, 2020
‘This virus came at me — I’ve never seen anything like it, okay? So I’ve had a fever. You’ve had a fever, 102, 103-plus that wouldn’t quit. It was like somebody was beating me like a pinata. I was shivering so much … I chipped my tooth.’
‘So the sun comes up. I was up all night. I was hallucinating,’ he added.
‘My dad was talking to me.
‘I was seeing people from college, people I haven’t seen in forever. It was freaky what I lived through last night.’
Cuomo added that while his fever was intense, he was not yet suffering major problems with his chest or trouble breathing but said he can imagine the worry that is caused by patients who begin to feel this.
‘I get it now. If you match that with chest constrictions and people who can’t breathe,’ he said.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Erica Tempesta and Frances Mulraney