But the governor’s brother got a pass. On April 13, he hosted CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, who asked whether Chris had gone 72 hours without fever, the marker doctors were using to relax Covid patients’ strict isolation. Chris admitted it had been only 60 hours. Dr. Gupta didn’t challenge him or note that he was putting others at risk by leaving the house while infected.
On April 20, CNN aired an embarrassing reality-show production in which Chris emerged from his basement while announcing he’d been “cleared by the CDC,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His show’s Twitter account proclaimed: “Here’s the very moment @ChrisCuomo emerged from his basement, where he’s been riding out coronavirus for the last several weeks.”
In later months he kept behaving as if he’s immune from the rules that apply to the rest of us. On his show, he stresses that viewers must wear masks and practice social distancing. But in October the New York Post reported he’d been seen maskless, shaking hands at a private club; and Fox News said his apartment building had threatened him with a $500 fine for failing to cover his face in public spaces. In July his wife, Cristina, posted a photo of herself, maskless, working out with a personal trainer, indoors at the Jimmy Choo store in East Hampton. Gyms in New York state were shuttered until September—by order of the governor.