WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Chris Cuomo showed images of his lungs X-ray on CNN Monday and shared tips on how to fight the disease after founding out he was COVID-19 positive last week.
- Cuomo confessed that he has IgM deficiency — a rare immune disorder that made him vulnerable to having infections.
- Some medical practitioners claimed that practicing breathing exercises as prescribed by doctors could yield positive benefits in fighting the virus.
On Monday, CNN News anchor Chris Cuomo revealed his lung X-ray imaging on CNN after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. He also shared tips on how to fight the disease.
On Friday, Cuomo braved a lethargic, sleepless night and said that he was unable to move for half a day. He then thought of not reporting for duty on Monday.
“I was just soaked in scared,” he said. “And then I got a call from a friend of a friend of a friend,” who is a doctor and pulmonary expert.”
The doctor advised Cuomo to stand, stretch his torso and bear the discomfort, and hold his breath for 10 seconds (although he felt he couldn’t do it). Afterwards, the doctor gave key instructions to battle the virus.
Cuomo narrated, “he said ‘I saw your X-rays, it’s in your lungs.’ And you got the right fear and you got the wrong approach. You can’t wait it out. He said you have to fight. And not in some silly metaphorical way … You’ve got to do the things that will beat this virus. You’ve got to breathe deep when it hurts.”
He continued, “when you get a fever spike, and that hurts, he said you can’t take confidence that it’s going to go down … ‘You’ve got to layer up, you’ve got to drink, you’ve gotta take Tylenol, and you’ve gotta fight back. You’ve gotta make that fever go down any way you can.’”
Cuomo confessed that he has lgM deficiency, a rare immune disorder that makes a person more vulnerable to infections.
In the program, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN‘s chief medical correspondent, assessed the X-rays that displayed some infiltrate, or a collection of inflammatory fluid and an indication of a respiratory infection. Gupta explained, though, that Cuomo’s lungs were in good shape — ruling out signs of pneumonia.
Prior to understanding the X-ray results, Cuomo admitted that he initially freaked out.
Being aware of his lung infection, the news anchor shared that he tried to lie on his side and on his stomach when he can. He also attempted to get up and breathe actively to avoid being hospitalized.
Other medical practitioners, including Gupta, noted that practicing breathing exercises as recommended by personal doctors could achieve positive effects in battling the disease.
Cuomo would continue to share his recovery story and the learnings he acquired from fighting the illness to inspire other patients. He will continue to spearhead his show and give daily developments while being quarantined in his basement at home.