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CNN host and political commentator Chris Cuomo’s wife, Cristina, revealed in an Instagram post on Wednesday that their son Mario has contracted the coronavirus.
The announcement about their son, 14, came roughly a week after Cuomo’s documented decision to violate his coronavirus quarantine to hit the streets with his wife and children, a day after the host formally ended his quarantine in what some have described as a “scripted” TV moment and the same day he was seen jogging in the Hamptons.
“This virus has created a different version of me. My hope is to be stronger, healthier, smarter about the virus at large,” Cristina wrote, referencing her own bout with the contagious disease, before turning her attention to her son Mario.
“After 10 days of ups and downs, feeling good one-day and terrible the next, I am now working hard to get my son, Mario, through the virus,” she added.
“My heart hurts more than my head over his infection. This virus does not discriminate. While kids are more resilient, they can suffer [the] same severity of symptoms.”
It does, however, tend to discriminate between those who abide by quarantine rules and those who flagrantly choose to violate them …
View her post below:
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On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, show kindness toward our planet and every creature who inhabits it, as the transcendent photographer, adventurer, preservationist and raconteur Peter Beard advised us. My old friend’s recent death offers an eerily timely punctuation on this virus and a reminder that we can’t forget to protect one another, and the animals that roam the Earth. 🌏🌏🌏 This virus has created a different version of me. My hope is to be stronger, healthier, smarter about the virus at large. 💙💙💙After 10 days of ups and downs, feeling good one-day and terrible the next, I am now working toward getting my son, Mario, through the virus. My heart hurts more than my head over his infection. This virus does not discriminate. While kids are more resilient, they can suffer same severity of symptoms. I’m applying a modified version of my remedies for his protocol with a focus on lots of vitamins. Since his sense of smell and taste have disappeared, I am feeding him healthy foods that I normally can’t get him to touch. I kept a diary of the past week including my remedies and things that I did to stay sane through it all. 🙏 Link in bio, as they say.
Word of Cristina’s own diagnosis broke on April 15th, exactly a day after a report emerged that a Long Island biker named David had filed a police report against Cuomo after catching him violating his quarantine.
“The 65-year-old longtime resident said he was just out for a bike ride before Easter dinner when he spotted who he thought was Chris Cuomo on property he says the CNN anchor bought in East Hampton last year,” the New York Post reported.
“The acreage is still being developed; a steel frame for its future house is all that’s up at the moment, David said. David said Cuomo was with his wife, another woman and three kids who were playing around on the property. The resident said he stopped and sat on his bike ‘well over a hundred feet’ from the property.”
“I just looked and said, ‘Is that Chris Cuomo? Isn’t he supposed to be quarantined?'” David said to the paper.
Yes, he was, yet Cuomo had already admitted to violating the quarantine.
Speaking on his weekday radio show a day earlier, the CNN host had complained that being in coronavirus quarantine was making him question his career decisions. As an example of why, he pointed to a recent incident involving a biker.
“I don’t want some jackass, loser, fat tire biker being able to pull over and get in my space and talk bullshit to me,” he said. “I don’t want to hear it.”
He added that if he weren’t famous because of his line of work, he could have told the biker off (Fact-check: FALSE). Instead, he was allegedly forced to suck it up.
If you are the “ fat- tired, $&%# biker” that Chris Cuomo verbally attacked @TuckerCarlson CAN’T wait to talk to you . Please RT until we find this person who confronted Cuomo while “pretend quarantining” in the Hamptons. RT pic.twitter.com/YQYgL74eQn
— 🇺🇸🇺🇸Amy Carmen🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@CarmenAmy1) April 22, 2020
A day after the CNN host admitted this publicly, the biker — David — reached out to the New York Post to share his side of the story.
All this happened roughly two weeks after Cuomo announced that he’d tested positive for the coronavirus and had therefore begun a self-quarantine in his home basement.
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) March 31, 2020
The altercation with the biker — which is backed by both Cuomo’s own words and the biker’s testimony — clearly shows that he was lying about being quarantined.
It also demonstrates that he seemingly had no qualms about taking the risk of spreading the virus to his wife and children. Yet this controversy has received zero attention from most of the mainstream media, including the “journalists” at CNN.
“This is monstrous behavior on Chris Cuomo’s part,” conservative political commentator John Nolte argued this week in a column for Breitbart.
“[A]nd the fact the rest of the establishment media are allowing him to not only get away with it (as they demonize everyday protesters,) but allowing CNN to stage fake news events around it, tells you just how corrupt and lost the media truly are.”
And it would appear Ben Smith of The New York Times agrees, or at least to some extent. Here’s what he tweeted after CNN ran widely mocked footage of Cuomo allegedly emerging from his home basement for the first time in weeks:
The extent to which CNN has adopted reality TV values here is pretty remarkable. Including eliding the controversy over Cuomo’s travel. https://t.co/AOS1spHYSR
— Ben Smith (@benyt) April 21, 2020
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has also commented on the matter.
“When did journalists start talking about themselves so much? It’s not a story, it’s narcissism, and that’s weird enough,” he said this Tuesday in regard to the footage of Cuomo ending his alleged quarantine.
“But it’s not all. That was fake. Just last week, Cuomo admitted getting into a fight with a bicyclist who harassed him for going outside and congregating with other people, something CNN has been vilifying ordinary people for wanting to do.”
Watch via FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (disable your adblocker if the video doesn’t appear):
(Source: Fox News)
As for Mario’s diagnosis, while it cannot be established with 100 percent certainty that his father’s decision to violate quarantine is to blame, a large chunk of social media users are confident that this is indeed exactly what happened.
Look (*Language warning):
— No (@omerta982) April 22, 2020
Others? Did you truly quarantine yourself away from your family? Now your wife has it and so does your son. I don’t understand why you stayed around them.
— Niduh OBee (@niduhrn) April 23, 2020
Hey Fredo, didnt seem you had any problem ignoring your own quarantine to get outside and contaminate your wife and son, but I have a problem with people who need to get back to work to pay bills. Praying for your family, but please keep ur trap shut on this issue.
— 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸Steve🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@steve15522) April 23, 2020
@ChrisCuomo quick questions- Why did you lie about remaining in quarantine, travel to your east hamptons property, and likely infect your wife and young son? Time for “hail marys” Fredo, because youre caught hook, line, and sinker! I hope your son is ok and gets well soon tho.
— TaylorBaron (@TaylorBaron11) April 23, 2020
Any chance we get a comment on @ChrisCuomo breaking quarantine multiple times and causing his son to contract the virus?
Or is he ready to admit his claim was a hoax?
— Teddy Obermann (@ObermannTeddy) April 23, 2020
CNN has been particularly vocal in its disdain for those Americans who desperately want to return to work.