Today’s Lesson: Never Tweet

Last night, on twitter, I came across a discussion about Chris Cuomo.

Chris Cuomo, the CNN anchor who is also Andrew Cuomo’s kid brother, was diagnosed with COVID-19 at the end of March.  For the last few weeks, he’s been broadcasting from his basement and talking about how difficult the quarantine has been for him.  At one point, he said that he was so delirious with fever that he saw the ghost of his dead father.

Cuomo has also broken quarantine, to go visit a property that he owns.  (Apparently, a second home is being constructed at the property.)  This is not just a rumor.  Not only did many people see Cuomo at the site while he was claiming to be quarantining in his basement but Cuomo himself confirmed a story about getting an argument with a bicyclist who demanded to know why Cuomo was out of quarantine.  The bicyclist later came forward to confirm that he and Cuomo had the argument that Cuomo described.

Last night, on CNN, Cuomo very dramatically emerged from his basement and announced that he was now over COVID-19.  Despite the fact that Cuomo himself has admitted to breaking curfew, CNN reported the story as if this was his first moment to emerge from the basement.

I have to admit that, ever since he claimed to have seen the ghost of his dead father, I’ve felt that Cuomo’s been milking the situation for everything that it’s worth.  While I don’t doubt that he was sick and I agree that COVID-19 is not something to take lightly, I’ve always felt Chris Cuomo was laying it on a little thick.  Common sense says that if you’re so delirious that you’re seeing a ghost that you’re not then going to be in any shape to do a nightly TV show from your basement.  My suspicion has always been that Cuomo, not being in the age group that’s usually hit the hardest by the disease, had a mild case of COVID-19 and, because of the attention that he was receiving, he exaggerated his description of how sick he was.

That was the theory that I attempted to share last night on twitter.  Unfortunately, I said that I suspected Cuomo was “faking.”  Again, I don’t think he was faking being sick.  I think was faking the severity of his condition.  However, I didn’t make that clear and I immediately started to hear from people who apparently believe that every case of COVID-19 is fake.  Though it wasn’t a huge amount of people (and the majority of the replies I got did seem to understand what I was trying to say), there were still enough people in the “Coronavirus isn’t real!” crowd that it was an eye-opening experience to read their tweets.  It was a real trip down the rabbit hole.

So, for the record, I think COVID-19 is real.  I think people are getting sick and that they’re dying and that we’re fools if we pretend like it’s no big deal or that it’s not actually happening.  I also think Chis Cuomo should be ashamed of himself for breaking quarantine and CNN should be ashamed of themselves for pretending like he’s been down in the basement for the last two weeks as opposed to leaving the house and potentially exposing others to the coronavirus.

The main lesson that I’ve learned from all this?  Never tweet.  It’s just not worth the trouble.

Lockdown Journal: 4-9-20

The latest news out of the UK is that Boris Johnson is out of the ICU and that he’s recovering.  That’s good news, regardless of whether you voted Tory or Labour in the last general election.

Here in the States, there was briefly a flurry of excitement when it was reported that Colin Kaepernick, who has been a free agent since 2017, had been signed by the New York Jets.  It turned out that the story was based on a tweet that was put out by a parody twitter account.  What was interesting was witnessing the number of media figures — the same people who were told we should listen to in times of crisis — who fell for the tweet.  Those of us who have never particularly cared about whether or not Kaepernick was signed to an NFL team have often wondered who Kaepernick’s fans actually were.  Now, we have our answer.  They’re people who work for the cable news channels.

Myself, I never really cared whether or not Colin Kaepernick wanted to take a knee during the national anthem.  It was his right, as an American, to kneel.  At the same time, I also think the NFL had the right not to sign him.  Many people seemed to feel that an NFL team should have been forced to sign him but, even if that was constitutional, it just would have meant Kaepernick would have been spent the past three seasons sitting on the bench instead of appearing in Nike commercials.

Today has been a good day.  It’s been as close to a normal day as anyone could hope for during a pandemic lock-down.  Everything that has happened has really given me a new appreciation for normal days.