Rikaart struggled with coronavirus, but well-wishes from co-stars cheered him. He recalled:
I heard from almost everybody at Y&R. I got almost daily check-ins from Peter [Bergman, Jack] and Tracey [E. Bregman, Lauren] and Missy [Claire Egan, Chelsea] and Eric [Braeden, Victor] and Josh [Griffith, head writer/co-executive producer] and Doug [Davidson, Paul]. They really helped to lift my spirits.
Being back at work has been interesting, he reflected. He added:
I was excited to be back and also apprehensive and a little nervous. I think all the protocols they have in place certainly are reassuring. There was a moment, though, where the actors have to take our masks off so it does leave you feeling a little vulnerable. I’m actually relieved that I had that one day and I don’t go back for a few more weeks. I’m relieved by that because I’m like, ‘Good. Let them have a few more weeks under their belt of kind of ironing out any kinks there may be.’
I don’t think there will be any of her for a while, which means there won’t be much of me. My only episode that I taped was Kevin and Esther [Kate Linder].