If you’re reading these words, chances are good you already know more about COVID-19 than most people. Congratulations.

Ready to go a little deeper? This 15-minute podcast will give you new insight into the battle American health care workers have been fighting for more than a year and a half as the pandemic has ravaged the entire planet.

The Healthy Headlines team takes you inside a swamped ICU to talk to doctors and nurses about what life is like when you spend your days and nights trying to save people from a pandemic that has killed more than 800,000 Americans.

At the height of the pandemic’s delta variant phase, we spent a morning at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina following Dr. Abayomi Agbebi as he and his team treated patients in two ICU units and one intermediate unit.

You’ll hear from nurses who were called back to the front lines after moving away from bedside care, what care teams see as beds fill with patients who could have stayed safe by getting the vaccine, and why one nurse stays in the trenches even as family tells her it’s time to leave COVID care behind.