Here's Why COVID-19 Isolation Was So Hard For Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus twice since the pandemic began. The first time around, the "Watch What Happens Live" host took to Instagram on March 20, 2020, to share the news with his fans and followers. "After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus," he captioned a selfie. He revealed that his plan was to keep working, albeit from home, but said that production on "WWHL" was paused so that he could "focus on getting better." Cohen took Tylenol and vitamin C to help get him back on his feet, and his symptoms included fever, a cough, tightness in his chest, chills, loss of smell and appetite, and body aches, he revealed on his Sirius XM show, according to CNN. He recovered and returned to work 10 days later.

Cohen had been getting back in the swing of things over the past year-and-a-half, but he tested positive for COVID-19 once again in December 2021. Although TMZ reported the news at the time, Cohen didn't reveal the diagnosis until after he was all better — and back to work. "I am so happy I could cry right now," Cohen said on Radio Andy, according to Entertainment Tonight. "I had COVID. That's why we were gone all last week. And the best news is I woke up this morning to a negative PCR test," he shared. Throughout the process of getting better, there was one thing in particular that was super hard for Cohen.

Andy Cohen had a tough time being away from his son

While Andy Cohen was sick with COVID-19 and in quarantine, he didn't see his son, Benjamin, according to E! News, which was tough for him. "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. But he's great and his nanny [tested] negative," Cohen told Jeff Lewis during a virtual interview after his negative test result. Cohen is grateful to be feeling better following his second bout with the sickness, and has been spending lots of time with his toddler. 

On January 9, Cohen took Ben out for a burger. "Taking Ben out for lunch is a JOY," he captioned an Instagram pic of Ben taking a bite out of a burger patty at Corner Bistro in New York City. On January 21, Cohen shared an Instagram photo of Ben sitting on the stairs inside their home. "His perch," Cohen captioned the sweet pic of Ben, who was hanging out with a stuffed animal. Of course, if you've been following Cohen on social media and keeping up with his Instagram Stories, you'll know that he's also spent quite a bit of time reading with his boy, too. Their newest find? "Corduroy" by Don Freeman.