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Special Edition: Dr. Vivian Ho and Dr. Gabriela Bowden (April 13, 2020)

Experts in health economics and microbiology answer listeners’ questions about COVID-19.



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Our special edition of Houston Matters weekdays at 3 p.m. addresses your questions and concerns about coronavirus as a public service to our listeners.

In the first segment, host Ernie Manouse is joined by Dr. Vivian Ho with Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute to talk about our society’s response to COVID-19 and the current models and strategies for a return to relative normalcy. She also co-writes a blog detailing the latest updates on the pandemic. Today’s blog update contained a link to a video showing how people emit microdroplets when sneezing, coughing, or simply talking, and how long those microdroplets can remain suspended in enclosed surroundings. Dr. Ho is:

  • James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics
  • Professor of economics
  • Professor of medicine/health services research, Baylor College of Medicine

Then, joining us to address the latest health concerns and listener questions about the virus is UH Downtown's Dr. Gabriela Bowden:

  • Associate Professor of Biology
  • Program Coordinator, JAMP Faculty

Houston area coronavirus hotlines:
Houston – 832.393.4220
Harris County – 832.927.7575


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Troy Schulze

Troy Schulze

Producer, Houston Matters

Troy Schulze is a producer for Houston Matters. He also produces the podcast Party Politics and the digital video series Skyline Sessions. Schulze has been working as a writer and producer in digital media for over 20 years. He has received three Emmy nominations for his work on the TV...

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