The younger Cuomo, who appeared over video, kept things light with his brother, saying he was doing "pretty well, all things considered" despite running a fever at that moment. He said he doesn't have plans to appear on his nightly show "all the time" but will continue when he can.
"(The virus is) not doing great with my hair, I have to be honest," Chris said, before taking a signature jab at Andrew. "You look like you've been cutting your own hair, which some people are good at, some are not."
Chris revealed Tuesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and would be living in and broadcasting his show from his basement. Speaking Wednesday night on "Cuomo Prime Time," he explained that during his first night after the diagnosis, he not only chipped a tooth but also hallucinated and saw his late father, former New York governor Mario Cuomo.
"This virus came at me, I’ve never seen anything like it," he recalled, adding that he had a fever of more than 103 degrees "that would not quit. And it was like somebody was beating me like a piñata." He was shivering so much that he chipped a tooth and was up all night and hallucinating.
"My dad was talking to me, I was seeing people from college, people I hadn’t seen in forever," he said. "It was freaky what I lived through last night."
He shared another case of a wild fever dream with his brother Thursday: "You came to me in a dream. You had on a very interesting ballet outfit and you were dancing in the dream and waving a wand and saying, 'I wish I could wave my wand and make this go away.' "
The governor replied with a laugh: "Well there's a lot of metaphoric reality in that one. I thank you for sharing this one with us. Very kind of you. Obviously the fever has affected your mental capacity."
The younger Cuomo reiterated his call for others to stay away from each other while staying connected.
"Now that I know the fight I'm in for, I'm more comfortable. I see why it takes people out," he said Thursday. "A lot of people are fighting this alone and I cant imagine it. I can barely keep it together and I have everything done for me... We really have to remember to keep our connections to each other, because otherwise there's no way through."
The two brothers concluded with trading praise for each other. Gov. Cuomo promised his younger brother they would "go fishing, have a drink and laugh about it" once it was all over.
"For you to get up, do that show (and) share with people, that is a character strength that is really incredible," the governor said. "We joke a lot, but the strength that you show here and the dedication to journalism and your skill and your ability to make this OK for people and to communicate it … I've always been proud of you, but I've never been prouder of you than I am right now. I love you."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Coronavirus: Chris Cuomo joins Gov. Andrew Cuomo to discuss diagnosis