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Photo of Dr Joseph Varon comforting coronavirus patient in Houston intensive care goes viral

A heartbreaking photo showing the emotional moment a doctor comforted a patient in the coronavirus intensive care unit on Thanksgiving is going viral.

Thursday marked the 252nd consecutive day of work for Dr. Joseph Varon at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston. The physician, who was identified by the Getty photographer, wore full personal protective gear as he wrapped his arms around an elderly patient.

The man buried his face in Varon’s chest as the two shared a moment that captured a range of emotions, from fear and fatigue of the virus to the compassion and tireless work of health care heroes like Varon who have been working nonstop treating some of the most severe cases of the virus.

The photo struck a cord with people on Twitter.

Dr. Joseph Varon comforted a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at Houston’s United Memorial Medical Center on Thanksgiving. It was Varon’s 252nd straight day of work. Credit: Getty

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