'Nobody's fine': Cuomo calls stress, anxiety caused by COVID-19 a 'serious problem'

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday urged New Yorkers to talk with friends and family about their mental well-being, calling COVID-19 a “frightening” illness that has “caused significant anxiety among many people.”

At a news briefing Wednesday morning, Cuomo described “COVID fatigue,” or being “tired” of wearing masks and social distancing, as far less serious than the “tremendous stress on society and tremendous individual stress” caused by the pandemic.

“It is frightening, COVID, and it has caused significant anxiety among many people,” he said. “I’m not a psychiatrist. I’m not a medical doctor. I’m telling you from talking to people, and hearing their voices, and hearing their concerns, I’m telling you that we have a serious problem, of the emotional stress and anxiety that COVID has caused.”

“One day, they will be talking about PTSD from COVID. They will be,” he added. “And then they will be up here with some mental health experts and some psychiatrists who are talking about the PTSD effect on children, on seniors, on all individuals who are suffering from the anxiety and stress from COVID.”

Residents should keep calling their loved ones to ask how they’re doing — and make sure they listen to the responses, he said.

“The, ‘How’s everything going?’ ‘How do you feel?’ ‘How are you dealing with this?’ is more important than ever before,” the governor said. “And slowing down and asking the question, and slowing down so the person can answer the question and get past the trite, quick response — ’I’m fine, I’m fine. Oh yes, I’m fine, everybody’s fine.’ Nobody’s fine."

“You can’t be going through this and be fine. You can have issues that you feel you’re dealing with, but nobody can be fine,” he said.

“This is a terrible period,” he added. “And just take that moment to show some love.”