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Maddow Tells Viewers They Need To "Recalibrate" How They View COVID After Partner Stricken With Virus

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reveals that the reason for her ongoing quarantine is that her partner, Susan, whom the MSNBC host affectionately called "the center of my universe," tested positive for COVID-19 and is still recovering from severe symptoms, and used the illness as an opportunity to tell viewers that the nation needs to "recalibrate" how it views COVID in terms of acceptable risk.

"I don't know you at home except through this medium," Maddow said Thursday. "But believe me, whatever you have calculated into your life as acceptable risk, as inevitable risk, something that you’re willing to go through in terms of this virus because statistically, 'Hey probably it will be fine for you and your loved ones,’ I’m just here to tell you to recalibrate that. Frankly the country needs you to recalibrate that, because there is no room for you in the hospital anymore."

"There isn’t room for you in the hospital anymore, broadly speaking, so for the sake of your country, you really can’t get sick and need to go to the hospital right now. And the only way to ensure that is to ensure that you do not get infected," she continued.


"Please, just also know that whatever you think of your own life and however much risk you are willing to take on for yourself, that’s not how this works," Maddow pleaded. "What you need to know is whoever is the most important person in your life, whoever you most love and most care for and most cherish in the world, that’s the person who you may lose."

Maddow also instructed viewers not to have Thanksgiving with people who do not live with you. The MSNBC host said it is "going to suck" but you have to trust her.

"For Thanksgiving next week, you really are going to just have it at home without people coming over," Maddow declared. "And yeah, that is going to suck, but that is going to suck so much less than you, or somebody else in your family getting this and getting sick. Trust me."

"I will just tell you personally: This thing is scary as hell. And whatever you’ve been willing to do to risk getting it, don’t. Just don’t do it," she concluded.

Read her monologue below:

RACHEL MADDOW, MSNBC HOST: So if you know anything about me off of TV, if you know me personally at all, then the foremost thing you probably know about me is that I am in love. Susan and I have been together for more than 21 years. It was love at first sight. That has never waned. She is the center of my universe, and it’s not even like she’s the sun and I’m a planet. It’s more desperate and pitiful than that. It’s more like she’s the planet and I’m the satellite up there...

Susan has been sick with COVID these past couple of weeks. And at one point, we really thought that there was a possibility that it might kill her. And that's why I've been away. Susan tested positive two weeks ago. We separated from each other that day because I tested negative that day. She tested positive. She and I have both been alone since then while we have -- I have continued to test. I've stayed negative.

She has not only been positive, over this time, she's gotten sicker and sicker, while I tried to care for her while still staying physically apart from her. And the bottom line is that she’s going to be fine, she’s recovering, she’s still sick but she’s going to be OK. She is recovering. She's still sick, but she's going to be okay. And we're not scared anymore like we were...

I don’t know you at home except through this medium. But believe me, whatever you have calculated into your life as acceptable risk, as inevitable risk, something that you’re willing to go through in terms of this virus because statistically, 'Hey probably it will be fine for you and your loved ones,’ I’m just here to tell you to recalibrate that. Frankly the country needs you to recalibrate that, because there is no room for you in the hospital anymore.

We’ve got more people in the hospital right now than we’ve had since the beginning of this epidemic. It’s gone up 50% in two weeks. There isn’t room for you in the hospital anymore, broadly speaking, so for the sake of your country, you really can’t get sick and need to go to the hospital right now. And the only way to ensure that is to ensure that you do not get infected.

But please, just also know that whatever you think of your own life and however much risk you are willing to take on for yourself, that’s not how this works. What you need to know is whoever is the most important person in your life, whoever you most love and most care for and most cherish in the world, that’s the person who you may lose. Or who you may spend weeks, up all night freaking out about, calling doctors all over the place, over and over again, all night long, trying to figure out how to keep that person breathing and out of the hospital.

Just, whatever you’re doing, however you calibrated risk in your life, don’t get this thing. Do whatever you can to keep from getting it. For Thanksgiving next week, you really are going to just have it at home without people coming over. And yeah, that is going to suck, but that is going to suck so much less than you, or somebody else in your family getting this and getting sick. Trust me...

And, I think I know you well enough because I know me well enough, I’m guessing that you might be willing to risk yourself. Especially after all these months, and all this time, it’s so frustrating, right? I would have done anything, moved mountains, for it to have been me who was sick these past couple of weeks instead of Susan. I still would give anything for that. 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. 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 not to get it. And to not transmit it.

I will just tell you personally: This thing is scary as hell. And whatever you’ve been willing to do to risk getting it, don’t. Just don’t do it.

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