California Healthcare Workers Share Experiences from COVID's Frontline

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Dr. Joseph Varon hugs and comforts a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) during Thanksgiving at the United Memorial Medical Center on November 26, 2020 in Houston, Texas.  (Go Nakamura/Getty Images)

As of Friday, more than 9000 Californians are hospitalized with a confirmed case of COVID-19 -- a state record more than 90 percent higher than two weeks ago, according to state public health data. For healthcare workers who treat very sick COVID patients, the surge is  taking a particularly hard toll. We’ll hear from medical professionals about their experiences and reflections on the frontlines of COVID care in California.


Amy Arlund, registered nurse, Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center

Parimal Bharucha, pulmonary critical care specialist, Dignity Health in Sacramento County

Mawata Kamara, registered nurse, Alameda Health System's San Leandro Hospital

Alex McDonald, family medicine specialist, Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center in San Bernardino County