New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took a coronavirus test on live TV, during a press conference on Sunday. After a doctor approached Cuomo in full protective gear and administered the COVID-19 nose swab test, the governor casually continued his press briefing.
He is 62 years old.
Cuomo’s Coronavirus Test on live TV
Cuomo personally took a COVID-19 test on live TV in order to calm fears that may be keeping people from getting tested. His goal was to demonstrate how easy it is – “Even a governor can do it,” he said.
The governor asked the doctor why he needed to close his eves before she administered the test and she said, “for comfort.” Cuomo closed his eyes, the doctor placed swab inside Cuomo’s nose, and that was it. The entire process was over in less than 10 seconds.
“You don’t even need to be ‘New York tough’ to take that test,” Cuomo said, encouraging that anyone with symptoms should go and get tested. He announced that New York is now conducting 40,000 COVID-19 tests a day at 700 testing sites across the state.
Reiterating his message on Twitter, Cuomo’s official account tweeted, “We now have more testing capacity than New Yorkers are using. We need to use our full testing capacity as we reopen. If you have COVID symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID — get a test.”
Up until this point, viewers watching the nationally televised press conference hadn’t seen someone in Cuomo’s position receive a coronavirus test. Already championed by his constituents for being a leader amid the global pandemic, many users online tweeted about how impressed they were to see him take a COVID-19 on live TV.
I love @NYGovCuomo. He just took a COVID test to live on TV to prove to people that it’s nothing to be afraid of. I just keep thinking of the “manly man men” who can’t go a month without a haircut or cope with the rigors of wearing a mask, and here’s Cuomo like come ON.
— Mueller, She Wrote Podcast (@MuellerSheWrote) May 17, 2020
Hey, @realDonaldTrump this is what real leadership looks like.
Gov. Cuomo personally taking a COVID test on live TV to try to calm fears that may be keeping folks from getting tested by showing them it’s not that bad.
Well done, @NYGovCuomo pic.twitter.com/0DuRynpWMK
— Zack Hunt (@ZaackHunt) May 17, 2020
What a remarkable moment.
Cuomo took the COVID test on live TV. The doctor came out in PPE and administered it in 2 seconds.
Really good for people to see (Me included).
— Janet Johnson (@JJohnsonLaw) May 17, 2020
Cuomo taking a COVID test on TeeVee is pretty terrific. Not being sarcastic.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) May 17, 2020
Andrew Cuomo just did a coronavirus test live on tv
Trump would never
— Brunette Bohemian (@Rae_volution) May 17, 2020