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Can the Winter Olympics survive China’s COVID outbreak? Can we survive another winter freeze?

We get an update on how China is handling the COVID breakout during the Olympics Games in Beijing. Plus, how should Houstonians prepare for the icy winter storm ahead?


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Canada’s Rachel Homan and John Morris sweep a rock as they face Britain’s Bruce Mouat and Jennifer Dodds in mixed doubles curling play at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022.


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Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, or @townsquaretalk.

As athletes prepared for the opening of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Belgian Olympian Kim Maeylemans was forced into isolation after she tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in the Chinese capital and it was unclear if she would actually get to compete. It's the fear of every athlete who's set their sights on winning a medal at these Olympics.

But China remains confident it can ‘weather the storm' with its COVID policy and feels it has gone to great lengths to keep the virus out, or at least manage the situation successfully when anyone working, attending, or competing at the games tests positive.

However, this level of confidence can be seemingly a little hard to hold on to with all the new vaccines and variants constantly changing.

On another medical front, there's been a launch of the Moderna trial for the HIV/AIDS vaccine. What does that mean for the fight against that disease?

Today, we hear from a specialized COVID-19 medical expert who breaks down how China can continue to keep their COVID numbers down, and we learn about the medical advancements used in developing COVID vaccines.

Plus, in the second half of the show, we discuss Houston’s anticipation of an icy, artic blast — bringing back memories of the devastating freeze of 2021.

We get guidance from our local emergency weather departments and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on how to successfully prepare and make it through this year’s winter storm.

Are you prepared to take care of your three P's – plants, pets, and pipes?

For medical weather-related emergencies only, dial 211.


Dr. William Haseltine

  • Chair and President of the global think tank ACCESS Health International
  • Founder of more than a dozen bio-technology companies
  • Internationally recognized expert on the COVID-19 pandemic

Eric Berger

  • Meteorologist and editor for Space City Weather

Brian Murray

  • Public Information Officer, Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, or @townsquaretalk.


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