Brooke Baldwin of CNN Shares Candid Photo from Her COVID-19 Battle

CNN Newsroom anchor Brooke Baldwin shared her two-week battle with the novel coronavirus and how it led to her finding “truth” in connection and clarity. 

On April 19, CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin took to social media posting an “unvarnished version” of herself battling the novel coronavirus with a message that it is “oh-so-possible to beat this.”

BROOKE SHARING HER ‘WORS T’ DAYS

Announcing the publishing of her personal essay, Brooke shared a picture taken during her “worst” days in the last two weeks she had suffered after testing positive for COVID-19.

“In my darkest moments: I found truth in clarity and connection,” the news anchor wrote. “When I was sick, and my body came to a screeching halt, I stopped doing and started really feeling.”

Hoping to resume her work duties on April 27, the New York-based anchor detailed her experience in an essay published by CNN.

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WOW. I feel the ❤️❤️❤️. Hello from... bed... where I’ve been for a few days now. Thank you for all of your 🙏🏼, 🦠 advice, 📺 and 📚 recommendations, humor, etc. It’s been a steady routine over here of Extra Strength Tylenol, cough meds, Vitamin C, ☀️, liquids, hot 🚿, melatonin, pug hugs, rest — repeat. I’m very healthy and feel like one of the lucky ones... but am careful to still take this day by day. Still get teary-eyed at night seeing the @empirestatebldg beating red, honoring the first responders and medical professionals on the front lines. 🚔 🏥 WE WILL GET THRU THIS. #stayhome #americastrong #coronacrew #pug (PS My hubs is 🤞🏻healthy and has been a champ dealing with me! 😷)

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HOW THE VIRUS AFFECTED BROOKE PHYSICALLY

Even though Brooke said that she felt the need to “shine a light” on the need for connection during the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, her life came to a standstill when the virus took hold of her body.

She lost the ability to do her job, and Brooke added that it even left her unable to continue the Instagram series, “Who’s in your Corona Crew” she previously started.

The two weeks that followed had Brooke fight off a “beating” on her body, but the consequences of being sick also left her feeling “cut off” from her husband and purpose. 

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*We can do hard things.* I’m a gal who needs tangible progress. I can get the sh*t knocked out of me— but then little by little, I know that I will recover. The tricky thing with #covid19 is... you think you’re improving and then your body gives you the 🖕🏼. Last night turned out to be my worst so far — aches, chills, highest fever I’ve had. Tears. It wasn’t pretty. But I woke up this morning after a monster night sleep (the length of sleep I don’t think I’ve had since junior high school) feeling rested and at peace. My husband (who thus far has proven to be Superman) brought me our little routine of toast and tea — neither of which I can smell or taste — and I sat here solo just brimming with gratitude. This will all be over soon enough. I’ll go back to joining the rest of you in zoom calls and virtual work outs 💦 and wondering when this will all end and what the net effect of it all will be. (That teachers and nurses need a serious RAISE.) But in the meantime, this past week I have heard from THOUSANDS of you. And in my lowest moments with this thing, what would keep me from completely spinning out, would be reading notes and texts and comments from you. Growing up in the South... the thing my mom would always be yammering to us kids: BE KIND. Turns out — it’s been YOUR kindness to me that has been 100% the most overwhelming part of this experience. And I just want to say from the bottom of my heart: thank you. ♥️ #community #kindness #gratitude #effcovid19 #nyc

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Drained of energy, the anchor slept up to 12 hours a night only to wake up soaked in sweat in addition to losing her appetite after her sense of smell and taste vanished.

THE EMOTIONAL EFFECTS

With Brooke and her husband, who hasn’t contracted the virus, occupying separate spaces in their home, she felt isolated while the golf-ball-sized swollen gland under jaw reminded her why every day. 

Just when she thought the abating body aches, fever, and chills was a sign of her recovery, they would return with a “vengeance.” 

Even though the relentlessness of the virus left her feeling lonely and scared, Brooke said that she considers herself “one of the lucky ones” since she didn’t experience problems with her lungs, as so many others have had who contracted the virus.

“And most of all, I am grateful for the reminders this virus provided: First, that clarity comes from being quiet and listening to our feelings,” Brooke added. “And second, that connection is more vital to our health and happiness than we might care to admit.”

Chris Cuomo at the Ed Sullivan Theater on May 2, 2019, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images.

Chris Cuomo at the Ed Sullivan Theater on May 2, 2019, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images.

THE EXPERIENCE OF ANOTHER CNN HOST

Similar to Brooke, Chris Cuomo thought he had reached the end of his battle with the virus two weeks after being diagnosed, only to experience a setback.

Chris knew he had to reach the mark of 72 hours without a fever before coming out of self-isolating in his basement at home, but once he reached the 60-hour mark, his fever spiked to 101 degrees again. Thankfully, Chris is still well on the road to recovery.

ⓘ We at AmoMama do our best to give you the most updated news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but the situation is constantly changing. We encourage readers to refer to the online updates from CDС, WHO, or Local Health Departments to stay updated. Take care!

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