Chris Cuomo isn’t a doctor and doesn’t play one on TV. That has prevented the CNN host, who tested positive for COVID-19 and has been broadcasting from home, from rendering his expert medical opinion on his condition on live television. If none of this sounds terribly newsworthy, it’s par for the course for the network, which recently gave the Cuomo brothers, Chris and Andrew, a block of airtime to discuss their mom’s cooking and trade barbs.
But I diagress. In the segment that follows, Cuomo shares an x-ray of his lungs and exclaims:
The second I looked at it, I saw infiltrate on it, even though I don’t know what infiltrate even means, except as a verb, and I’m in a panic as soon as I saw it. So, Sanjay, a lot of people now — you know, God love ’em: people have been so good and supportive — they’re seeing the x-rays now and saying, ‘Holy cow! You are really sick! I see the infiltrate.’
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) April 7, 2020
To reassure his loyal fans that he’s not as gravely ill as they might think, he seeks a consult with CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon, on how the presence of infiltrate on an x-ray doesn’t necessarily spell doom.
If you haven’t already found the segment utterly pointless and unilluminating, you might after you read a “second opinion”:
Oh hello, Board-certified diagnostic radiologist here.
Now I’m no neurosurgeon, and I only read 1000’s of CXRs every year, but to my eyes, that CXR is stone cold normal.
— Tom Folan, MD (@tomfolanmd) April 7, 2020
The good doctor then added this:
CNN, of course, is the network that claims to trade in “facts first” and of late has bee truncating the White House coronavirus task force advisories on the grounds that Donald Trump is spreading misinformation. Anyone see a problem with any of this?