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How Long Have COVID-19 Variants Been In Houston? (Feb. 10, 2021)

On Wednesday’s show: Theories on how long COVID-19 variants have been in the area, the week in politics, and answers to your technology questions.


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On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Houston Methodist Hospital in Fort Bend County has confirmed not only another case of the U.K COVID variant, but also a new one that seems to have originated in South Africa. Officials say early evidence shows both strains spread faster than the current dominant strain in Greater Houston. News 88.7's Matt Harab explains what officials have to say about how long these virus variants have been circulating locally.

Also this hour: We discuss the beginning of former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial and all the latest news in our weekly political roundup.

Then Forbes.com technology writer Dwight Silverman answers listener questions about the rollout of 5G in Houston, upcoming smartphone releases, and other developments in the world of tech.

And arts reporter Henry G. Sanchez of Glasstire.com discusses how arts funding has worked during the pandemic in Houston and around the state.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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