Dr. Zayas of Bandera Family Medical Group San Antonio speaks on Halloween safety guidelines issued by San Antonio Metro Health

SAN ANTONIO, TX – The coronavirus pandemic has left many San Antonians on the fence about their 2020 Halloween plans. Dr. Mildred Zayas of Bandera Family Medical Group encourages locals to exercise safety guidelines this October.

According to a recent statement from the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, wearing masks, social distancing, and staying home while sick can help ensure a safe Halloween. Local physicians want to raise awareness about the risks of participating in Halloween-related activities.

“We understand Halloween is a fun tradition for many San Antonians,” says Dr. Zayas, Chief Executive Officer at Bandera Family Medical Group. “Health officials are encouraging trick-or-treaters to avoid going up to house doors for gathering candy. Avoid close-quarter gatherings, house parties, and haunted houses.”

COVID-19 cases in Bexar County surpassed 59,000 as of mid-October, with the total number of COVID-19-related deaths reaching 1,200. With Halloween just a few days away and flu-season approaching, physicians at Bandera Family Health Medical Group are also encouraging the public to consider getting a flu shot to help reduce the impact of COVID-19 symptoms.

“We want to encourage the public to practice these guidelines to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus during the Halloween season,” says Dr. Zayas. “Additionally, the CDC recommends that people get the flu vaccine by the end of October. The flu shot can help protect yourself and others who you encounter.”

To learn more about Bandera Family Medical Group and their services, visit banderafamily.com or call (210) 695-1900.

About Bandera Family Medical Group
Bandera Family Medical Group was founded in the year 2000 by Ramon G. Reyes, M.D. Dr. Reyes is passionate about providing quality care to families and individuals. As a result of that commitment, Bandera Family is the provider of choice for hundreds of patients from the San Antonio community and has expanded to three locations in the greater San Antonio area, including Helotes.