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The coronavirus pandemic has deeply changed the way pretty much everything is done around the world for several weeks, especially with regards to the many different types of careers one could work in. Everyone from teachers to bank executives and marketing editors (yup, that's me) to news anchors have been finding ways to do their jobs from home so that they can practice the social distancing and self-isolation that will help beat the virus into the ground. Now, CNN journalist Chris Cuomo has let fans know that he's tested positive, but plans to join millions of others in working from home.
Chris Cuomo revealed his diagnosis earlier to day on Twitter, and while he clearly doesn't feel well, he's not planning to let his illness stop him from hosting his nightly CNN show, Cuomo Prime Time, if at all possible. Here's what he told his followers:
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. I just hope I didn’t give it to the kids and [wife] Cristina. That would make me feel worse than this illness! I am quarantined in my basement (which actually makes the rest of the family seem pleased!) I will do my shows from here. We will all beat this by being smart and tough and united!
Chris Cuomo didn't say how long he's had symptoms or if they're subsiding now, but I once worked (luckily, from home) with symptoms of the chicken pox coming on, and it was the actual opposite of fun. So, seeing as how Cuomo noted in his message to fans that he has, in fact, had the typical symptoms of coronavirus, I'd say that trying to stay clear-headed enough to work for part of the day makes him pretty tough. And, of course, that's exactly one of the traits that Cuomo believes will help us get through this.
While many people would willingly take to their beds if they had Chris Cuomo's symptoms and not bother with work (or much else than sleep and some restorative drooling) for as long as possible until feeling closer to 100%, he's determined to make his basement life work for him and the viewers who tune in to Cuomo Prime Time every weeknight.
As was mentioned earlier, there are already several television personalities doing their shows, or at least shortened versions of them, from home. Late night hosts like Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien and Stephen Colbert have been entertaining the masses from their houses for several days. Meanwhile, other journalists like Today's Savannah Guthrie continued to report on the day's news from a makeshift studio in her basement. The big difference between Chris Cuomo and these other well-known folks, is that, as far as we know, none of them are actually sick, but instead were just doing their part to self-isolate.
Hopefully, Chris Cuomo will be able to keep doing his job amid his symptoms and recover as quickly as possible. For more on what you can watch right now, check out our midseason guide, see what's new on Hulu in April and take a look at our Netflix release schedule. To see what's been delayed or is ending early, we've got you covered there, too.