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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is opening up about her partner Susan’s experience with COVID-19 — and imploring her audience to do “whatever you can” to avoid getting it.

Maddow previously announced she would be quarantining after a close contact tested positive for the coronavirus, and on her show on Thursday, she revealed this close contact was her partner, Susan, the “center of my life.”

“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,” Maddow said.

The MSNBC host, who said she has tested negative for COVID-19 herself, went on to describe how Susan got “sicker and sicker” while they had to remain separated, though now she is “recovering” and is “gonna be fine.” But after this scary experience, Maddow offered a plea to take the pandemic seriously, especially ahead of Thanksgiving.

“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, that’s the person who you may lose,” Maddow said “… However you’ve calibrated risk in your life, don’t get this thing. Do whatever you can to keep from getting it.”

Maddow added that while not having people over for Thanksgiving next week is “gonna suck,” it’s “gonna suck so much less than you or somebody in your family getting this and getting sick. Trust me.” Brendan Morrow

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