Quarantined Maddow shares story of partner who is fighting COVID-19: ‘Don’t get this thing’

MSNBC host Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowThe tribal journalism of cable news is at a crossroads MSNBC’s Joy Reid: Close presidential race shows ‘great amount of racism and anti blackness’ in US Rachel Maddow: No blue wave for Democrats MORE on Thursday shared that her longtime partner was seriously ill with COVID-19 in an emotional statement calling on Americans to double down on health precautions amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Maddow revealed Thursday that her partner of 21 years, Susan Mikula, who she called “the center of my universe” and “the organizing principle of my life,” tested positive for the virus two weeks ago, at the same time the MSNBC host tested negative.

“My relationship with Susan is the only thing at the end of the day that I would kill or die for without hesitation, and Susan has been sick with COVID these past couple of weeks. And at one point, we really thought that there was a possibility that it might kill her, and that’s why I’ve been away,” said Maddow, who has not been on her nightly MSNBC show for two weeks. 

Maddow said she has continued to test negative while caring for Mikula, who she said was getting “sicker and sicker” in recent weeks, although she has since started to recover.

The MSNBC host urged viewers to minimize the risks in their life that could potentially expose them to the virus. She did not cite specific activities or practices.

“Believe me, whatever you have calculated into your life as acceptable risk, as inevitable risk, as something that you’re willing to go through in terms of this virus because statistically it probably will be fine for you and your loved ones. I’m just here to tell you to recalibrate that. Frankly, the country needs you to recalibrate that because broadly speaking, there’s no room for you in the hospital anymore,” Maddow said, referencing hospitals across the country reaching capacity as COVID-19 cases have surged in the fall.

“What you need to know is that whoever’s the most important person in your life, whoever you most love and most care for and more cherish in the world, that’s the person who you may lose or who you may spend weeks up all night freaking out about and calling doctors all over the place and over and over again all night long trying to figure out how to keep that person breathing and out of the hospital,” Maddow said.

She told viewers Thursday “don’t get this thing, do whatever you can to keep from getting it” and called on people not to host gatherings ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

“For Thanksgiving next week, you really are going to have to just have it at home without people coming over. And yeah, that’s going to suck, but that’s going to suck so much less than you or somebody in your family getting this and getting sick. Trust me,” Maddow said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended that Americans avoid traveling for Thanksgiving. 

Coronavirus cases have continued to spike in states across the country. The U.S. on Thursday recorded 187,428 COVID-19 cases and more than 2,000 fatalities.

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