Cristina Cuomo Details 'Terrible' Coronavirus Symptoms After Diagnosis

By Paris Close

April 18, 2020

Cristina Cumo is opening up about being diagnosed with COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Weeks after her husband, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, went public about testing positive for the novel disease, the Purist founder is speaking on her experience contracting the virus in a virtual interview with Entertainment Tonight.

"I feel pretty good today. Day 18 for him is when I woke [up] with my first symptom, which was basically a sinus-like infection," Cristina told the outlet Friday (April 17). "I was highly congested, had a terrible sinus headache, and I just thought, 'You know what, I'm so rundown. I'm not getting enough sleep, I'm feeling a lot of stress from care-giving and managing the kids and my own business that it just caught up with me.'"

Cristina recalled: “I was already out of my 14-day quarantine as a caregiver, so I thought I'm home free there's no way this is corona. And 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."

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Every day is a gift. ♥️ Many have asked how Chris is doing and what meds he’s taking. Here’s an update: After one week of up and down symptoms—chills, body aches, total exhaustion, sleeplessness, and a fever that hit 103, he is on day 11 today, (day 1 being first day of allergy-like symptoms)—he seems slightly better, but still feels the incredible lethargy, with fever down to 99 for past 3 days. His Oxygen levels (tested daily on a finger Oximeter) were normal all week. He has maintained his sense of taste and smell, but not his usual hearty Italian appetite. His lungs were x-rayed yesterday and they were mostly clear. 💙 Thank you for amazing homemade goodies from friends and the outpouring of love + humor so many of you have provided. They are the oxygen for these biblical times. 🙏 .... CHRIS’ CORONA PROTOCOL—WEEK ONE, began March 30th when positive test came back: .... 🌼 FOR MEDICINE: I enlisted @drlindalancaster @lightharmonics , an Energy Medicine physician, who helped me cure my aggressive Lyme Disease last summer and who treated my mother for breast cancer 20 years ago. Her training is in Ayurveda, medical radiesthesia, radionics, energy healing, nutrition, herbal medicine and detoxification methods. Since this particular virus has no proven remedy, as Lyme does not, she assigned oxygenated herbs, natural remedies and homeopathics to boost Chris' immune system for the battle ahead. .... 🥗 FOR FOOD: The food plan I outlined was meant to cleanse his liver with whole, vital, organic foods so it can manage the viral die-off and provide him with much-needed energy, nutrients, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory properties, like basic chicken soup, and foods low in immune-busting chemicals like pesticides. .... 🌞 FOR BREATHE + MOVEMENT: 30 minutes daily sunshine helps Vitamin D level. He has also been sitting in the @sunlightensaunas daily, which makes him feel better + has helped with his fever. He has been doing breathing (resonance) exercises everyday for his lungs (video in link), as well as walking around the yard 🌸 so he can get fluid flowing out of lungs. 💛 For all the info on CHRIS’ DAILY ANTI VIRALS + MY DIARY OF FOOD—WEEK ONE, see link in bio. #rebirth

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After experiencing “intense, explosive, negative, sinus energy,” her doctor gave her a mix of vitamins that alleviated her sinus headache just hours later. “This feels like a head cold, essentially, and I'm doing everything I can to prevent it from getting into my lungs," she added, revealing that her focus is to “build up my immune system, keep it strong, as I did with Chris, so that we come out in a … healthier place.”

These days, the journalist and mother of three has been quarantining in the couple's bedroom to prevent infection.

"It's become sort of my makeshift [home]. I have my tea kettle. I have my vitamins and everything there, and sort of everything that I need," she said. "And he is now out of quarantine, so he can engage with the kids and help them again. … “We just have to do our best to keep our social distance, stay home, and really take care of yourselves. Now is the time more than ever.”

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