Rachel Maddow Thought Her Partner's COVID Battle 'Might Kill Her'

Lawrence Kim
November 21, 2020

Popular MSNBC host Rachel Maddow went into quarantine on November 7, saying only that "a close contact" of her had contracted COVID-19.

Maddow said Susan tested positive two weeks ago and they separated that day. Returning to the air on Thursday evening via a slightly unreliable home rig, she revealed that the contact was her wife Susan Mikula, and that her illness had been severe - and terrifying.

One of the worst parts about the scary ordeal.

Rachel started off by saying that the 62-year-old photographer is the "center of my universe" before adding, "My relationship with Susan is the only thing at the end of the day that I would kill or die for without hesitation". And, yeah, that's gonna suck, but that is going to suck so much less than you or someone in your family getting this and getting sick.

Maddow then explained that it "didn't feel like it was going OK at the outset" of her partner's diagnosis, urging viewers to take coronavirus seriously and suggested that people think about the most important person in their life when deciding what risks to take.

During the emotional broadcast from home.

Maddow herself has tested negative for COVID-19, but added that Mikula is still recovering. "For Thanksgiving next week, you really are going to have to just have it at home without people coming over". And yeah, it'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.

"I'm just here to tell you to recalibrate that", she said.

Last night, Rachel returned to the air waves - in a video shot from her home - explaining the situation with Susan and relaying how coronavirus almost killed her.

Maddow is not the first news host to share her personal experience with the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to warn viewers about the devastating impact of the virus.

The host said Mikula was still sick but recovering and will be fine: 'We're not scared anymore like we were, ' she said.

"Susan and I have been together for more than 21 years", Maddow said in the video.

"At one point, we really thought there was a possibility that it might kill her", Maddow said.

'She's not only been positive over this time, she's gotten sicker and sicker, ' Maddow said, explaining the difficulties of trying to care for her partner from a distance. "That's the person you may lose". I would've done anything-I would have moved mountains for it to have been me who was sick these past couple of weeks instead of Susan. "I would still give anything for that", Rachel said, while getting emotional. It will be the person you most care about in the world, and how can you bear that? But [the virus] does not give you that choice.

"I'm guessing that you might be willing to risk yourself. And all you can do to stop that is move heaven and earth to not get it, and to not transmit it".

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