CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo, who tested positive for COVID-19, was used by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as an example during a news conference on Tuesday.
The coronavirus is the “great equalizer,” New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo stated following his brother Chris’ announcement that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
Earlier on Tuesday, Cuomo’s younger brother Chris, one of the main anchors of CNN, made his announcement that he is coronavirus-postive on Twitter, stating that he would be broadcasting from his basement.
Later, Governor Cuomo used his brother’s announcement as an example of how COVID-19 can infect anyone.
“Everyone is subject to this virus. It is the great equalizer,” Gov. Cuomo stated. “I don’t care how smart or how rich or how powerful you think you are, I don’t care how young how old. This virus is a great equalizer. My brother, Chris, is positive for coronavirus, found out this morning.”
Cuomo then went on to call his brother—and, by extension, all reporters—an “essential worker.”
“Now he is going to be fine. He’s young, he’s in good shape, he’s strong, not as strong as he thinks. He’ll be fine. But, there is a lesson in this. He’s an essential worker, a member of the press, so he has been out there. You go out there, the chance that you get infected is very high,” Cuomo stated.
Addendum: Why governors like Cuomo view talk-show anchors as “essential workers” remains an open question.