Media Coverage for October 2020

Week of October 25 to October 31

Get your flu shot by Saturday, health experts advise

El Paso Matters - Oct. 29, 2020

As El Paso is facing the worst COVID-19 outbreak among major U.S. cities and with the flu season looming, a local infectious disease expert is urging the community to get the flu vaccine by this weekend. Dr. Armando Meza, chief of infectious diseases at Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso, said the pandemic will not likely change for the better until the end of the year — at the earliest — and getting the flu vaccine will help ease the burden on the city’s overwhelmed hospital system.

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El Paso Woman Inspired to Donate Plasma After Recovering From COVID-19

KRWG Radio - October 5, 2020

An El Paso woman who has recovered from COVID-19 donated her blood plasma after being inspired by friends who did the same earlier this year. Karen Foster was the only member of her family diagnosed with COVID-19 shortly after Father’s Day weekend in June. While the symptoms weren’t extreme — headache and fatigue — it was still enough for her to never want to experience it again.

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Tricks, treats and Covid-19: Ways to celebrate Halloween safely during the pandemic

KVIA - October 1, 2020

El Paso City-County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza is warning El Pasoans that traditional trick-or-treating is just too risky to allow this year. As a result, Halloween won't look like it used to. Crowds of children and shared candy bowls all present the risk of exposure to Covid-19. "The risk of trick-or-treating is going to be high because first of all, social distancing is going to be very difficult," said Dr. Armando Meza, an infectious disease specialist with Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso. "Number two, you're going to be with people that you are not interacting with on a regular basis. And three, you are going to be receiving from another home, getting any candy or anything that is being touched by someone else."

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