Chris Cuomo's wife, Cristina, gives update on her coronavirus battle: 'I woke up feeling so much better'
Cristina Cuomo is sharing some good news about her battle with coronavirus.
"I feel pretty good today," the wife of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo told Entertainment Tonight on Friday.
Cristina said her symptoms started around Day 18 of her husband's coronavirus diagnosis.
"I was highly congested, had a terrible sinus headache, and I just thought, 'You know what, I'm so run down. I'm not getting enough sleep, I'm feeling a lot of stress from caregiving and managing the kids and my own business that it just caught up with me,' " she said.
Cristina said she quarantined herself for 14 days and thought her symptoms were probably a sign of something other than COVID-19.
"I thought, 'I'm home free there's no way this is corona,' " she said. "The next morning I woke up without a sense of smell or taste – and I have a very strong sense of smell, so for me not to smell, you know, it felt like the world was falling apart around me."
She said she's treating the virus with natural remedies.
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"Today I woke up feeling so much better. This feels like a head cold, essentially, and I'm doing everything I can to prevent it from getting into my lungs," Cristina told Entertainment Tonight. "These vitamins, these supplements, these homeopathic remedies are all very helpful and this is a trial and error process. But the objective is to build up my immune system, keep it strong, as I did with Chris, so that we come out in a good place and healthier place."
Chris Cuomo revealed more details about he and his wife's COVID-19 diagnosis in a conversation Thursday night with Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta on his show, "Cuomo Prime Time."
Cuomo said he was feeling "better than I deserve," calling the situation "frustrating."
"This was tough for Cristina to get it," Cuomo said. "We have a lot of fear because we don't have a lot of facts."
He said that they have "completely different symptoms."
"She's stronger than I am. She's got a stronger immune system, a stronger constitution and a stronger character," Cuomo said.
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Though Chris has suffered from a fever and body aches, Cristina's symptoms haven't mirrored those of her husband's.
"She lost her sense of smell and taste, but no fever. She got a lot of sinus pressure in her head, a little bit of lethargy," Cuomo explained. "And a little bit of residual frustration at me, because I'm almost certainly how she got sick."
Cuomo also praised how his kids are handling the situation.
"My wife and I have to be separated for another two weeks, which means our house is dependent on a 17-year-old, my daughter Bella, who’s stepping up," Cuomo said. "But you may hear them because this is now 'Lord of the Flies' in my house. The kids are in control."
The couple share three children: daughters Bella, 17, and Carolina, 11, and son Mario, 14.
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Cristina also noted Thursday on Instagram that the kids were keeping their household afloat.
"(Bella) stepped up cleaning, doing laundry, cooking for her siblings and getting them situated with Google classroom, and caregiving her mother and father," Cristina said, adding that their son Mario is serving as Bella's assistant.
Contributing: Anika Reed, USA TODAY