CNN host Chris Cuomo, who has tested positive for coronavirus, said he wishes he had contracted the virus a month earlier so he could send out a warning because President Trump "blew our best chance" then. Cuomo shared he hallucinated the night prior and lamented that he chipped his tooth, adding, "these are not cheap."
"I wish had gotten this virus a month ago and I'll tell you why," Cuomo said Wednesday night. "I wish I would have had it then so I could have told you then this is no joke. We are sleeping on something, and it is a mistake. And I would have had a different platform to jump on the president playing it as a hoax and playing politics with this."
"One of the reasons we keep going back to that time is because it's so painful that we blew our best chance," he continued. "That's why we keep going back to it. Especially when the president's inability to own it makes a journalist, makes a conscientious person suspect that he'd do the same thing again. You see what I'm saying?"
"We can't tolerate it a second time," Cuomo said. "Literally I don't know that we survive it. And if I had gotten it sooner, I would have been able to explain, I think more directly, the vulnerability we face. Because what do we know now a month later? Families are being isolated, separated, devastated."
"Look, we're not doing enough, and you know it. And it is tough for all of us and it's tough for our leaders. There is a helplessness. Even among those who are in control, and it is instructive to see that even when I see it in my own brother," Cuomo said.
"This virus came at me -- I've never seen anything like it, okay? So I've had a fever. You've had a fever, but 102, 103, 103-plus that wouldn't quit. And it was like somebody was beating me like a pinata. And I was shivering so much, I chipped my tooth. These are not cheap, okay? And they call them the rigors, like rigors, r-i-g-o-r-s. So the sun comes up. I was up all night. I tell you, I was hallucinating. 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. And it may happen tonight. The doctor said it may happen five, eight times," Cuomo said of his experience.