Local doctor warns against holiday travel, crowded gatherings as COVID-19 cases rise

HOUSTON – As coronavirus continues to make top headlines in Texas and across the country, doctors say many people are becoming fatigued. But they warn the virus has not forgotten about you.

“The coronavirus is deadly. It will stab you in the back,” said Dr. Joseph Varon, the Chief of Medicine at United Memorial Medical Center. The virus has already claimed more than 250,000 lives in the US.

In Texas, over 1.4 million people have tested positive, and over 20,000 people have died.

“It’s been hell simple as that. We have been very busy,” Varon said, who has been working non-stop for 264 days at UMMC.

He says he seen people fight this virus while others have lost their battle.

“For me, the next six weeks are probably going to be the darkest times in the city of Houston. Unless we keep our social distance, wear our mask and wash our hands and avoid going to large crowded places,” he said.

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, Varon’s message is simple. He says to stay at home and avoid travel.

“I know family is important but I’d rather you have a zoom meeting for Thanksgiving than an ICU meeting for Christmas let’s be clear,” he said.