Chris Cuomo Gives Update on Coronavirus Battle: 'I'm Oddly Spacey… My Breath Is Short'

CNN host Chris Cuomo gave a positive update on his personal battle with the coronavirus on Wednesday night, saying that he's feeling much better despite still showing symptoms.

Cuomo opened his show Cuomo Prime Time tonight by noting that he is feeling "better than I deserve." When asked by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, to describe his current condition, Cuomo said, "Nights have been worse and today I am oddly spacey and I don't know why." The host went on to explain that he appears to be getting better.

"On the night of Passover, I got good news, that I think the worst of this is over for me," he said. "Cristina and I had smiles on our faces today. My fever's been unusually low most of the day. Ordinarily at this time doc, I am not faking that I'm baking. It is hot in here at this time of night. Right now, I'm still just a little bit above normal."

On his ongoing symptoms, Cuomo said "my chest is tight, my breath is short, it hurts in the mornings. It feels like I'm going to bring up a lot more than I do."

Gupta noted that it was the "best news" he's heard from Cuomo in some time, but urged him to "keep an eye on it."

Newsweek reached out to CNN for additional information.

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Chris Cuomo attends the 2017 Turner Upfront at Madison Square Garden on May 17, 2017 in New York City. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty

Since announcing his COVID-19 positive diagnosis early last week, Cuomo has continued to anchor Cuomo Prime Time from the basement of his home where he is quarantined. He first addressed his condition last Tuesday night.

"Tonight's show is going to be a little different. Reality has set in all the way to the president, brace yourselves, not for a hoax, but for the next few weeks of scary and painful realities," Cuomo said as he opened his show on the first night of broadcasting while sick. "We do not have the testing data to make sense of our reality beyond what we know is the face of it for an overwhelming number who get sick."

"And that face is mine. I tested positive. Scary, yes. As you might imagine. But better me than you," he added.

In the past eight days, Cuomo has been issuing regular updates on his health to the public. On Friday, he revealed that his COVID-19 fever was so bad that he hallucinated seeing his deceased father, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo. "I was up all night, I'm telling you, I was hallucinating," he said. "My dad was talking to me. I was seeing people from college, people I hadn't seen in forever. It was freaky, what I went through last night. And it may happen again tonight."

Earlier this week, he compared his fight with the illness to tackling a "beast," adding "it doesn't just pass, it progresses. It's weeks, not days. It's chronic and it is humbling."

Cuomo's older brother Andrew Cuomo is the current governor of New York, who has been leading the state's response to the outbreak. The governor appeared on his younger brother's CNN show tonight, during which the siblings traded light-hearted jabs and spoke about the country's battle with the pandemic.

On Wednesday evening, more than 430,000 individuals had tested positive for coronavirus in the U.S., with over 14,700 deaths and 23,800 recoveries.