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Andrew Cuomo Worried about Brother From Coronavirus

Comedy Central
Comedy Central

Andrew Cuomo is fighting the war against the coronavirus as governor of New York, but it hit home once his brother, Chris Cuomo, tested positive for the disease.

The politician got candid about how having his family fight the virus personally affected him, while giving his first late-night interview on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah on Thursday. When asked how his brother’s diagnosis shaped his experience, Andrew got emotional recalling how he worried that Chris “could die.”

“It is my brother and he’s my man. He is my best friend. And you know, I don’t like to give him any credit because that’s the whole ‘big brother and little brother’ thing,” he cracked. “But the guy is a superstar. He really is, and he is a beautiful guy, just a beauty. But he gets sick. He is in his basement. I can’t even go see him, and then his wife [Cristina Cuomo] gets sick. She’s quarantined upstairs. He’s quarantined in the basement. He’s got three kids, a 17-year-old and two younger [kids] and [they] can’t go see him. I can’t help the kids. I mean, it is just terrible, nightmare of a science fiction of a movie where you can have loved ones with this disease, where nobody knows whether you are going to live or die.”

“I kept saying to him, ‘Don’t worry. You’re young. You are fine,'” Andrew Cuomo continued. “Yeah, sure, but who knows, right? Because yes, it tends to attack seniors, but you also have younger people who are dying, and there is nothing I could do. I am his big brother. I love him more than anybody. I am the governor of the state. [There was] nothing that I can do to help.”

Andrew Cuomo explained how his brother’s diagnosis shows how people can’t control everything, no matter how hard they try. 

“On top of all the disorientation, on top of the responsibility, then you just have this real-life situation where you worry every day, that is he going to be the one… that could lose his life, that could die from this,” he said, getting emotional. “So it does bring it home, it does bring it home.”

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