Guide to Trick-or-Treating Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

California Gov. Jerry Brown hands out candy to Zora Grant, 1, who came trick or treating at the California governor’s mansion with her mother, Melinda Grant, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Halloween is time for a scary movies, not time for scary COVID-19 symptoms. 

Many parents are concernced for children trick-or-treating as many kids are not eligible to get the coronavirus vaccine yet.

Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC advised, “I wouldn’t necessarily go to a crowded Halloween party, but I think we should be able to let our kids go trick-or-treating in small groups.”

A New York pediatrician, Dr. Arunima Agarwal, offered Forbes the following list of things to do to keep kids COVID safe during trick or treating or gathering for Halloween parties:

  • Stay outdoors when possible
  • All kids should wear a cloth mask 
  • Adults are recommended to be vaccinated and wear a mask
  • Bring hand sanitizer and use it often
  • Go out with a group of people you normally socialize with
  • Costume masks and cloth masks should not be worn together

The best way to ensure a safe and happy Halloween is to ensure everyone in your family gets vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as they are eligible for the vaccine. Getting vaccinated not only helps you, it helps protect kids too young or too sick to get vaccinated.” Said Gary Kirkilas, a Phoenix Children’s pediatrician.

“If you want to be completely safe, ask your kids to give you the candy they collected and then put it out of reach until the next day,” Kirkilas continued, “By then, even if was on the wrapper, the virus should be very weakened or dead.”

Click here to find the CDC’s ways to stay safe and healthy during Halloween.

Listen to John Rothmann take a deep dive into Halloween preparations amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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