Viral Photo: Houston doctor hugs COVID-19 patient in ICU on Thanksgiving

HOUSTON, Texas — A photo of a Houston doctor has gone viral after it showed him hugging and comforting a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit on Thanksgiving.

The photo of Dr. Joseph Varon and the patient was taken in the ICU at United Memorial Medical Center.

Health officials and city leaders have repeatedly urged now that we’re in the holiday season, people should stay away from crowded spaces, wear masks and wash their hands. They also fear things will get worse.

“I truly believe that the next six to 12 weeks are going to be the darkest weeks in modern American medical history,” Varon said.

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