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'We're all they have' | Stories from inside a Houston COVID-19 unit

Houston healthcare workers are on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. These are their stories and the stories of those they've treated.

Xavier Walton

KHOU

Thursday, March 11, 2021, marks one year since the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic. Over the last year, terms, like 'social distancing,' 'positivity rate' and 'COVID variant' have become part of our everyday conversations. 

Life is vastly different than it was back then; almost unrecognizable, but now the norm. And there's the human toll. In Texas alone, the virus has claimed more than 45,000 lives. That number is more than a half million in the United States. 

Healthcare workers have been on the front lines this past year fighting against COVID. KHOU's Xavier Walton spent time inside United Memorial Medical Center's COVID-19 ICU. Below are his reports of those healthcare workers and some of the patients they've cared for.