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How is the Houston Marathon keeping runners and spectators safe from COVID-19?

Harris County’s COVID-19 infection rate is at a record high, but this weekend’s Houston Marathon will still take place. Medical experts discuss safety protocols at the race, plus strategies that we can implement to outrun COVID nationally.



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According to event planners, the Chevron Houston Marathon is expected to go on as planned – and even as Harris County raised its COVID-19 threat level to “red” or “severe” earlier this week, there are more than 30,000 runners expected to run through downtown.

Runners bunch up during a race, and crowds traditionally gather to cheer them on. So how are race officials ensuring the safety of runners and spectators?

And while there will be a winner crowned at this weekend's marathon, there's still the concern of how the nation and the world will win the race against COVID itself.

We know that, in addition to getting vaccinated, wearing the right mask for better protection is also important. Here’s what you need to know about high-filtration masks and where to get them.

In this episode, a national medical expert discusses her thoughts on the strategies and policies that should be in place to end the pandemic. The Houston Marathon Committee's medical director explains the COVID safety protocols at this weekend’s race, and a local infectious diseases expert addresses questions about N95 masks, drug interactions with anti-viral oral medication, and COVID testing for children.

Guest host Joshua Zinn fills in for Ernie Manouse in this episode.


Dr. Julie Morita

  • Executive Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control

Dr. Lars Thestrup

Dr. Michael Chang

  • Pediatric infectious diseases specialist at UTHealth and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital

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