Rachel Maddow is back on air.
The 47-year-old talk show host returned to hosting her show The Rachel Maddow Show from her home on Thursday night (November 19) after she took two weeks off after a “close contact” tested positive for COVID-19.
During her return, Rachel revealed that her longtime partner Susan Mikula was the one that battled the virus, and that it almost killed her.
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.”
Rachel went on to say that Susan got “sick and sicker” after testing positive a few weeks ago.
“And at one point we really thought that there was a possibility that it might kill her,” Rachel admitted.
Rachel then shared an emotional plea with fans to take this virus seriously because it could kill someone you love.
“What you need to know is that whoever is the most important person in your life, whoever you most love and most care for and most cherish in the world,” Rachel said. “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 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.”
“I would have 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. “But this thing does not give you that choice. You can’t say I’m willing to just get it myself and play the odds, you don’t get that choice.”
Rachel added, “It won’t necessarily be you. It’ll be the person you most care about in the world and how can you bear that? And all you can do to stop that is move heaven and earth to not get it, and to not transmit it.”
Rachel then shared that Susan is “recovering” from the virus, but admitted that it was “scary as hell” to think she could nearly lose the love of her life.
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Rachel Maddow reveals that her partner, Susan, tested positive for Covid-19 and is still recovering, and implores viewers to consider their loved ones when they calculate their own Covid-19 risk. pic.twitter.com/oUz2DBLG63
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) November 20, 2020