Rachel Maddow has an urgent message for viewers after her partner of 21 years, Susan Mikula, had a particularly challenging case of COVID-19 that left them both unsure whether she would cope.
On Thursday night, Maddow returned to her MSNBC show after taking time off, revealing that two weeks ago, Mikula had tested positive for the coronavirus while she tested negative, forcing them to self-quarantine themselves. .
“At one point we really thought there was a possibility that he would kill her and that’s why I left,” Maddow explained.
Maddow also shared a bit of her love story, noting that it was “love at first sight that has never waned.”
With a smile, the journalist and TV host added: “I am one of the lucky people on this earth who has such a life. She is the center of my life. She is the organizing principle of my life. My relationship with Susan is the only thing at the end of the day that I would kill or die for without hesitation. ”
While Maddow has continued to test negative, her lifelong partner has become “sicker and sicker” and Maddow has been forced to try to care for her without coming into contact with her.
Fortunately, Mikula is on the mend, but the experience left Maddow with a grave message for her viewers.
“Regardless of what you think about your own life and what risk you are willing to take, that’s not how it works,” he explained. “What you need to know is who is the most important person in your life, who you love the most, who you care the most and who you appreciate most in the world, that’s the person you can lose. Or who you can spend weeks awake all night freaking out all over the place and calling the doctors over and over all night, trying to figure out how to keep that person breathing and out of the hospital. “
Maddow, who called the experience “scary as hell,” went on to say that this holiday season has to be different if we want our loved one to be safe.
“By Thanksgiving next week, you really have to have it at home without people coming,” he said. “And yeah, that’s going to suck, but it’s going to suck a lot less than you or someone in your family getting this and getting sick.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been about 11.5 million COVID-19 cases in the US since the start of the pandemic, and about 250,000 deaths. the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention He has advised Americans not to travel this holiday season.