After airing for two weeks, MSNBC’s Rachel Madow made an emotional comeback on Thursday night, telling viewers that her partner Susan Mikula, “the center of her universe,” has. Madow said that “at one point we really thought it was likely to kill her” and urged viewers to “do what you can to avoid getting it.”
Mikula was diagnosed two weeks ago, Madu said. On the day Mikula was positive, Madou said she was negative and the two have been physically separated ever since. Maddow said Mikula has been getting sicker for the past two weeks, but is starting to recover.
“The bottom line is that she will be fine. She is recovering. She is still ill, but she will be fine,”
Madu emotionally described her relationship, saying that Mikula was “the center of my universe.” The couple have been together for more than 21 years, Madu said.
“The way I think about it is not that it is the sun, but that I am a plane orbiting it – that would give too much recognition to the other planets. I think it’s rather unfortunate that it is the planet. and I’m a satellite and I’m up there beeping, it makes a sound and flashes lights and I’m just trying to make her happy, “Madow said. “… My relationship with Susan is the only thing at the end of the day that I would kill or die for without hesitation.”
Maddow continued to urge viewers to “calibrate” their decisions and plans, especially with the upcoming holidays.
“Just believe me, whatever you’ve calculated in your life as an acceptable risk, as an inevitable risk, something you’re willing to go through with this virus because, hey, statistically it’s probably going to be good for you and your loved ones, I’m here to tell you to calibrate this, “Madow said.
She pointed to the number of hospitalizations, which have increased dramatically in the last few weeks. A record 73,000 people were in the United States on Wednesdayfor COVID-19 and data show that many hospitals expect to face staff shortages as cases continue to rise. Generally speaking, Maddow explained, “There’s no room for you in the hospital anymore.”
The news and politics presenter acknowledged that people may be more willing to take risks now that they have been dealing with the pandemic for more than half a year, but said the virus does not give people a “choice” of who or how much will affect someone.
“I would do anything, I would move mountains to be me, who was sick for the last few weeks instead of Susan. I would still give anything for it, but this thing doesn’t give you that choice,” Madow said. “You can’t say I’m ready to just take it and play the odds … it won’t have to be you. This will be the person you’re most interested in in the world, and how can you handle it. ? ”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as local, state, and federal officials, recommend that people refrain from traveling for Thanksgiving. Many also recommend that people celebrate the holiday only with those they live with to prevent further spread.
Madow repeated the caution, saying, “Yes, it’s going to suck, but it’s going to suck much less than you or someone in your family is getting sick and sick.”
“This thing is damn scary. Whatever you were willing to do to risk getting it, you don’t do it,” Madow said. “Just don’t do it.”