CBS’s Lesley Stahl opens up about being hospitalized for coronavirus

Many famous faces have been among the more than 1.1 million Americans who have contracted the coronavirus — including none other than CBS News host Lesley Stahl.

Speaking at the end of Sunday night’s episode of 60 Minutes, the journalist recounted her experience with COVID-19, which, according to the New York Post, “left her hospitalized for a week.”

“Each case is different”

According to the Post, Stahl reflected Sunday on her “battle with COVID-19.”

“One of the rules of journalism is ‘don’t become part of the story,’” the longtime CBS anchor explained, according to the Post. “But instead of covering the pandemic, I was one of the more-than-one-million Americans who did become part of it.”

Stahl wasn’t alone in contracting the disease. According to the Post, Stahl said other CBS employees fell ill as well, although their conditions varied widely.

“Each case is different,” she stated, adding that one person “had almost no symptoms, while others had almost every symptom you can imagine.”

The 78-year-old reporter also had warm words of praise for the medical staff who looked after her. “In the face of so much death, they celebrate their triumphs,” she said, according to the Post. “Thanks to them, like so many other patients, I am well now.”

Not the only one

Stahl isn’t the only high-profile media figure to suffer from COVID-19. CNN’s Chris Cuomo was also diagnosed with the virus.

Following his diagnosis, Cuomo began conducting his television program from his basement, where he claimed to be self-isolating. On April 21, he released dramatic footage showing him emerging from quarantine and allegedly greeting his family for the first time in weeks, New York magazine reported.

However, one Long Island resident claimed to have had a heated public confrontation Cuomo on Easter Sunday in which he said the television personality threatened him, the New York Post reported.

Cuomo seemed to confirm that an altercation had taken place, complaining on his radio program the next day about “some jacka** loser, fat-tire biker” approaching him. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson later spoke with the bicyclist in question, identified as David Whelan, who said that Cuomo quickly became furious and belligerent during their encounter.

In the days following, Cuomo’s wife and son announced that they’d, too, contracted the disease, Deadline reported.

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