Gov. Andrew Cuomo Reacts to Brother Chris' Coronavirus Diagnosis: Virus 'Is the Great Equalizer'

Revealing news of his diagnosis, Chris wrote in a statement posted on Twitter that he experienced “fever, chills and shortness of breath.”

“Sooooo in these difficult times that seem to get more difficult and complicated by the day, I just found out that I am positive for coronavirus,” he wrote. “I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive and I had fever, chills and shortness of breath.”

He added: “I just hope I didn’t give it to the kids and [my wife] Cristina. That would make me feel worse than this illness!”

With New York becoming the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, home to more than 40 percent of all confirmed cases in the country and about 40 percent of the deaths, Gov. Cuomo has become the face of the nation’s state leaders, holding daily press conferences on how to combat the spread.

As of March 31, there were more than 173,741 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and more than 3,400 deaths, including 75,795 cases in New York and 1,550 deaths, according to available data compiled by The New York Times.

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