Chris Cuomo teases brother Andrew Cuomo about nose swab during his COVID-19 test
The Cuomo brothers never fail to entertain audiences with their on-air familial jabs, and Wednesday night on “Cuomo Prime Time” was no different.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeared on younger brother Chris Cuomo’s CNN show, where two exchanged barbs amid their conversation about coronavirus testing.
The CNN anchor played a video of Cuomo getting tested for the coronavirus on live TV last week in order to encourage the public to also get tested. Like many Americans, Chris had questions about the testing process, which consists of a health official inserting a swab up patients’ nostrils.
For the record: Andrew appeared unbothered by this invasion in his nose.
“First of all, is it true that when you are having the test administered you inhaled, the doctor’s finger went all the way up your nose and got stuck and had to be released with a tool?” asked Chris.
New York’s governor was prepared for his brother’s difficult line of questioning and followed up with a retort of his own.
“No, she wanted to comment that I have a little button nose and she was afraid that the swab would actually hurt because it extended my nasal cavity. She was speaking about the delicacy of my nose,” Andrew said.
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To drive his point home, Chris then pulled out a “normal” COVID-19 testing swab and showed it to the audience, then brought out an even bigger fake swab.
“Is it true that this was the swab that the nurse was actually using on you, and that at first it went into your nose and disappeared so that in scale this was the actual swab that was being used to fit up that double-barreled shotgun that you have mounted on the front of your pretty face?” Chris asked pulling out an even larger fake testing swab.
The Cuomo brothers are usually able to keep a straight face during their on-air banter, but the nose jokes got the best of them as they both started to break and laugh as Chris pressed on asking which giant-sized swab the nurse used on the governor.
“I thought I did so well on that nasal test standing up there, she did the swab, I did not flinch. I was a cool dude in a loose mood, didn’t move,” Andrew said.
But Chris was unimpressed.
“Of course you were, that swab is like a piece of lint going in that thing on your face. How could it have collected anything?” Chris said. “It was like throwing a rock around a cave.”
While the Cuomo’s never fail to poke fun at one another, there’s still much love between the brothers.
After the CNN anchor was diagnosed with COVID-19 in late March, Andrew got emotional during one of his coronavirus briefings when he updated people on his brother’s illness.
“There is no superhero who is immune to this disease,” he said. “Anyone can get it. No one can be protected from it. I couldn’t protect my own brother … And with all he knows and as smart as he is, he couldn’t protect himself.”
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