Andy Cohen Reveals He’s Asthmatic and Shares How He Managed COVID-19 Symptoms

Bravo producer Andy Cohen shared he has asthma and what it was like dealing with the effects of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Cohen called into Today, which he’s hosted on a number of occasions. He offered insight into what it was like dealing with coronavirus. Cohen shared on Instagram that he tested positive on March 20. This was only hours after announcing that he planned to host Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen from home.

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Halfway through the illness, he told Jeff Lews on his Sirius XM show he had lost a significant amount of weight. He even joked about looking forward to being able to eat pizza. “Two days ago, before I went to bed, I took a shower and I was walking into the shower and I looked at myself and said, ‘Holy s—, you look great,’” he told Lewis. “I saw a picture of a pizza yesterday; I thought, ‘I can’t wait to eat pizza.’”

Symptoms were different than the flu

Cohen described his symptoms to Today hosts Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie. “My symptoms were a fever, tightness in my chest, a cough, very, very achy… some chills, loss of smell and appetite,” Bravo’s The Daily Dish recounts.

“It was lingering,” Cohen said when Guthrie asked him to compare coronavirus symptoms to the flu or a cold. “I’m asthmatic, but the tightness that I felt in my chest was different from the shortness of breath that I feel as an asthmatic.”

“It was a low fever, it was no sense of smell or taste. Really achy throughout my body, just persistent aches that wouldn’t go away. Kind of a dry cough, not horrible, but there,” he added.

Cohen described what helped him during the illness

He continued by sharing what remedies helped him as the virus worked its way through his body. “It was a little scary, but the thing that really helped me is that my doctor recommended that I get something called a pulse oximeter,” he shared.

“It’s one of those little devices, you can get them at drug stores, and you stick your finger in it to take your pulse,” Cohen described. “What it also does is measure the level of oxygen that’s going to your lungs. And so for me, there were nights that I thought, ‘This doesn’t feel right,’ and I was able to use this pulse oximeter to see what the reading was.” 

Certainly, the notion of being reunited with son Benjamin likely also helped Cohen too. Cohen recently shared a sweet photo of father and son back together again. “I’ve hosted reunions for years, but yesterday’s was the best one yet. ♥️” he shared.

Cohen told Lewis that being separated from his son was the hardest part about having the virus. “I’ll tell you what I know from the nanny cam and from video, because I can’t see him, which is the very worst part,” he said. “But he’s great and his nanny [tested] negative.” Cohen said he was at home and was “not letting anyone into my home.” He added, “I’m just here with the nanny and Ben and we are hunkered down. We have enough food for two weeks.”