CUMMINGTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Rachel Maddow, MSNBC host, announced on Twitter that her partner contracted COVID-19 and is using her online platforms to spread a message of caution.
Maddow was worried sick when she found out her partner of more than 20 years contracted COVID-19, but she wasn’t expecting it to put her in danger of dying.
“It won’t necessarily be you, it’ll be the most important person in the world and how can you bear that,” said Maddow on her Twitter account.
The 47-year old is a western Massachusetts resident and lives in the Hampshire County town of Cummington. On Thursday, she returned to hosting her program from home and revealed that her partner, Susan Mikula, had contracted the virus.
Mikula, who tested positive two weeks ago, became ill, but Maddow tested negative. At one point, Maddow said there was a possibility that COVID-19 may kill her partner, based on the severity of her symptoms.
“Whoever is the most important person in your life, whoever you most love and most care for and cherish in the world, that’s the person who you may lose or who you may spend weeks up at all night, freaking out about and calling doctors all over the place, trying to figure out how to keep that person breathing and out of the hospital,” said Maddow.
She also said her partner Susan will be able to recover but she’s still very sick. Maddow’s quarantine will end soon but she’ll continue hosting from home until she feels it’s safe to be around her co-workers.
Maddow also said that with Thanksgiving next week, people really need to assess their risk level, as well as their loved ones, before they hold any sort of gathering.