Purist founder Cristina Cuomo outlines the health and diet regimen followed by her husband, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, while he battles COVID-19.
Me and Chris with our daughter Bella a few weeks before our uninvited guest arrived.

Every day is a gift. ♥️ So many people are asking how my husband, Chris, is doing and what meds he is taking. After one week of up-and-down stats (during which his fever hit 103°), he is on day 11 today (day one being the first day of symptoms), and seems better, with a temperature of 99°. All week, his oxygen levels were normal and he has maintained his senses of taste and smell. His lungs were X-rayed yesterday and they were clear. Thank you to friends who brought provisions, and for the outpouring of love and humor so many of you have provided—they are the oxygen for these times. 

Here is week one’s protocol for Chris. I enlisted Dr. Linda Lancaster (@DrLindaLancaster @LightHarmonics), the author of Harmonic Healing and an energy medicine physician who helped me cure my aggressive Lyme disease last summer (she also treated my mother for her breast cancer 20 years ago). Her training is in Ayurveda, medical radiesthesia, radionics, energy healing, nutrition, herbal medicine and detoxification methods. She has relieved thousands of patients of parasites—worms, bacterial, fungal and viral—using natural protocols and homeopathics. Since this particular virus has no proven remedy (as Lyme does not), the plan we set in place was to use oxygenating herbs to get ahead of the curve and boost Chris’ immune system for the battle ahead. The food plan I outline below was meant to cleanse his liver with whole, vital foods so it can manage the viral die-off and provide him with much-needed energy, which this virus steals. His system has been compromised by years of too many antibiotics and other chronic issues, fatty foods and so forth. 

Thirty minutes of sunshine when it is sunny out helps his vitamin D levels. He has also been sitting in the Sunlighten sauna every day, which seems to make him feel better and has helped with his fever. Every day, he has been doing special lung breathing (resonance) exercises, from Dr Sarfaraz Munshi at Queen’s Hospital in London, as well as walking around the yard so he can be off his back and get fluid flowing. Please see this important video for instructions on the breathing exercise here.

🌏 NOTE: This diary begins upon receiving a positive result on a coronavirus test on Monday, March 30. Please consult your own health care provider to discuss treatment options if you have the coronavirus. 

CHRIS’ DAILY ANTI-VIRALS, as prescribed by Dr. Lancaster, Light Harmonics Institute, Santa Fe, NM


2 AntiViril-3x daily (vegetable capsules with andrographis [above-ground parts], taraxcum [whole plant], lonerica japonica [flower bud])

1 OXO-3x daily (stabilized oxygen, potentized quinine 3x homeopathic dilution prepared in Sac Lac base) “This is a homeopathic preparation of a minuscule amount of Peruvian bark (quinine, aka cinchona officinalis). It’s the same thing that is in tonic water, but that’s often full of sugar, which suppresses the immune system. Doctors are seeing a similar hypoxic event happening with coronavirus that is found in malarial infections. Hypoxia is the lack of oxygen through the destruction of red blood cells,” says Dr. Lancaster, who has been using this homeopathically prepared quinine as an oxygenator for illnesses that require bringing oxygen to the tissues. In her clinical experience, she has been using it for years as a liver cleanser and has found it “useful for Lyme disease and malaria.” She prescribed it here to help alleviate presenting symptoms—the intense pressure in the head, chest pain and intermittent fever—and to oxygenate the liver. This remedy is further explained in the Materia Medica, a book of homeopathic remedies, where one can better understand the activity of quinine in small doses and potencies. “Most medicinal herbs do not cause toxicity. The drug hydroxychloroquine is a pharmaceutical than can have multiple side effects if used for long periods of time. Drugs can be very toxic to the liver and kidneys.” You can ask a pharmacologist or a doctor to better understand this.

3 KappArest-3x daily (an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory formula including curcumin, boswellia, propolis, green tea)

Dr. Linda’s Respiratory Response-1 dropperful 3x a day (derived from passion flower, olive leaf, andrographis and others)

AlkaC-3x daily, in water, AM + PM 6000 mg

Glutathione powder-1 scoop daily, in water

Vitamin D-6000 mg daily

Echinacea/OSHA compound-1 dropper full 3x daily

CoQ (antioxidant that supports nervous system)-1x daily

Homeopathic remedies were given to be taken according to the symptoms he was experiencing. 2 pellets ever 2-3 hours. Stopping when symptom improved. 

If fever: Belladonna 30c

If low-grade fever: Baptisia 30c

If achy and restless: Rhus tox 200c

For fear and burning chest: Arsenicum Alb 200c

If chills with fever and anxious: Gelsemium 200c

If shortness of breath (brings oxygen) Camphora-2 pellets as needed (do not take at the same time as any other remedies)

Magnesium citrate-2 at bedtime

Sunlighten sauna-30 minutes daily

Outdoor walk in backyard-15-30 minutes daily

Prescribed by his family physician:

Tylenol (taken as needed)

Allegra-D-1x daily



CHRIS’ CORONA FOOD + DRINK DIET made with ♥️ by me and friends like Karina Srb, Marcy Warren, Carol Reed, Roxine Brown, Southeast Indian cuisine chef Corey De Rosa of Tapovana, and dropped-off cure-alls like the ones sent by Erika Karsh, owner of Juice Press (Use code PURISTJP to get 10% off your next Juice Press order online!), and finally, the team at Organic Krush in Amagansett. My order of Honest Plate prepared cuisine got my kids through the week. Also, thank you to those who shopped for groceries and household items we ran out of—Helen Cleland, Don Lemon and Tim Malone, Lisa and John Haley, Gigi Howard, Robert Fowler, Eden Williams, Maria Cuomo Cole, and Jeffrey Sachs. And thanks to the friends who came with feel-good humor, like Chris Henchy and Brooke Shields with a rendition of John Cusack singing Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” from Say Anything, and Jordan and Heather Turkewitz for the blow-up rubber nurse doll. (She deflated quickly, reflecting the mood of the times.) I am most grateful for the outpouring of love, which helped lift all of our spirits too! And, TY to my sister Andrea for taking care of our parents because I can’t help right now.  #Foreverfriends

Corona Cuisine: Day 11’s lunch, which Chris will spread out over several hours due to his lack of appetite. Here, Organic Krush’s delicious organic chicken salad with Juice Press’ “green” salad dressing; Organic Krush’s Power Greens savory soup with broccoli, kale, spinach, shallots, garlic, vegetable broth, salt, black pepper and safflower oil, to which I added couscous and chives; lemon, ginger and honey tea; a pitcher of lemon water in my favorite Tory Burch pitcher to add some pretty color to the mix.

Small portions for each meal

No coffee (too acidic; messes with alkalinity)

At least 64 ounces of water daily 


NO FEVER (fever ended Sunday night)

Breakfast: Kombucha

Lunch: Avocado toast with baked shiitake mushrooms (they taste like bacon), lentil soup

Dinner: Carrot and spinach soup, turmeric codfish, onions



Breakfast: Tea, oatmeal with almond milk and bananas

Lunch: Chicken soup with mushrooms, onions, carrots, celery, organic chicken stock, chicken, garlic

Dinner: Onion soup, salad, vegan burger, lettuce, tomato, roasted vegetables like eggplant and bok choy



Breakfast: Homemade tea of ginger and lemon, small blueberry yogurt with organic raspberries 

Lunch: Beet daal with coconut, 3 different lentils, and roasted spices with rice and roasted vegetables (from Tapovana chef Corey de Rosa’s Southeast Indian lunches)

Dinner: Small portion of gluten-free pasta with turkey Bolognese, chicken soup, salad


FEVER 102, THEN 101

Breakfast: Homemade tea of ginger and lemon, English muffin with ghee

Lunch: Spinach, kale and watercress soup, whole-wheat pretzel 

Dinner: Grilled cauliflower and eggplant, gluten-free pasta with basil pesto and tomatoes 



Breakfast: Homemade tea of ginger and lemon, Juice Press Ginger FireBall drink (turmeric, lemon, cayenne), small coconut yogurt

Lunch: Chicken soup, olives

Dinner: Arugula salad, Power Greens soup from Organic Krush, roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potato  


FEVER 100 (morning; 99 (afternoon)

Breakfast: Oatmeal with banana, green tea, Organic Krush Wellness Shot (orange, turmeric, lemon, cayenne)

Lunch: Roasted vegetables and quinoa salad, olives, chicken soup

Dinner: A few slices of flank steak, carrots and snow peas, sauteed onions, chicken broth, small scoop of sorbet




Brunch: Spinach omelet with garlic and onions, chicken broth, homemade tea of ginger and lemon, small scoop of yogurt with organic blueberries, Juice Press Ginger FireBall drink

Lunch: Turkey chili with fresh white onions, arugula salad

Dinner: Wild salmon, broccoli, chicken soup, small scoop of raspberry sorbet with blueberries, turmeric Juice Press drink

WEEK TWO: I’m adding CBD to this routine for the pain.