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COVID 411 With Dr. Richina Bicette And Dr. Joseph Varone

Medical experts answer listeners’ COVID questions, and we take a closer look at what’s happening at one local hospital from a doctor who’s been on the cutting edge of COVID treatments since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Dr. Joseph Varon prepares to enter the COVID-19 unit at Houston’s United Memorial Medical Center in May 2020. With him are nurses Tanna Ingraham (left) and Jerusha Harshman (right).


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What's it like to work for 500 days straight, without a day off?

Dr. Joseph Varon has done just that — treating and saving COVID patients since the beginning of the pandemic.

His hospital, United Memorial Medical Center, has been at the center of COVID treatment since last spring.

Today, Dr. Varon joins us with a closer look at not only what he's been through, but also the journey of his hospital, including how COVID cases and patients look a year-and-half later.

And, Dr. Richina Bicette of Baylor College of Medicine explains, and updates us on, the latest COVID developments — from lingering questions about vaccines to COVID and children.


Dr. Joseph Varon:

Dr. Richina Bicette

  • Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine

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