Watch: Andrew And Chris Cuomo Check In Over Video Chat

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NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent some of his Thursday news briefing about the state's new coronavirus outbreak video chatting with his brother and CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday.

For two guys facing such challenges, the talk had its moments of serious laughter.

"A lot of people are concerned about him, obviously people in my family but even beyond that," Gov. Cuomo said Thursday. "New Yorkers are very compassionate, and many people ask me about Chris and how he's doing."

Chris Cuomo announced the diagnosis Tuesday on his Twitter feed and has quarantined himself in the basement of his family's house since then.

He described to his brother the symptoms, including a high fever and chills.

Governor Cuomo said he hoped that talking publicly with his brother through video chat Thursday would help people understand what the virus was like from the point of view of a person currently battling the symptoms.

Starting the conversation with a "Let's get after it," the phrase Chris Cuomo uses on his show, he dove into a variety of topics that were no better encapsulated than his recap of a feverish dream in which Andrew danced around him dressed in a "very interesting ballet outfit" while waving a wand and exclaiming, "I wish I could make this go away."

In no particular order, Chris brought up the following topics:

  • Each other's haircuts.

  • A suggestion to Andrew Cuomo that this was his best chance to "strike" because when "I'm healthy, you know what happens when we go toe-toe-toe."

  • Andrew Cuomo's decision to always fish in "all white."

Governor Cuomo ended the conversation with praise for his brother's decision to keep producing his show within his families basement.

"Not many people would have stood up the way you've stood up, and I've always been proud of you, but I've never been prouder of you than I am right now."

The full conversation is available on C-SPAN's YouTube channel. The video chat begins around the 1:10 mark.

This article originally appeared on the New York City Patch

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