Is It Okay To Go Trick-Or-Treating During The Pandemic? | Health Info
By EMMA H. TOBIN, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) – Is it okay to go for a ride or treatment during the pandemic?
It depends on the situation and how comfortable you are, but there are ways to minimize your risk of infection this Halloween.
Whether you feel comfortable around your children may depend on factors such as the rate of transmission of COVID-19 in your area and whether the people to whom your children will be exposed are vaccinated.
But trick-or-treating is an outdoor activity that makes it easy to maintain physical distance, notes Emily Sickbert-Bennett, an infectious disease expert at the University of North Carolina. To keep children from crowding in front of the doors, she suggests that neighbors coordinate to spread candy or a spell.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says outdoor activities are safer for vacations and to avoid crowded and poorly ventilated spaces. If you’re attending an indoor party, the agency says people who aren’t vaccinated – including children who aren’t yet eligible for vaccines – should wear a properly fitted mask, not just a face mask. Halloween costume. In areas with high COVID-19 transmission rates, even fully vaccinated people must wear masks indoors.
It is generally safe for children to ring the doorbell and pick up candy, as the coronavirus is spread primarily through respiratory droplets and the risk of infection from surfaces is considered low. But it’s always a good idea to bring hand sanitizer that kids can use before eating treats.
For adults, it’s important to have a mask handy when opening the door to hand out candy.
“You probably won’t necessarily know until you open the door how many people will be there, if they will be wearing masks, how old they will be and how far they will be able to stay away from you,” Sickbert says. -Bennett.
Another option if you want to be extra careful: set up bowls of candy away from front doors.
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