Is it safe to go trick-or-treating in the midst of a pandemic?
There are ways to reduce the danger of infection during Halloween, depending on the scenario and your degree of comfort.
Whether or not you feel safe taking your children trick-or-treating depends on a variety of circumstances, including the COVID-19 transmission rate in your region and whether or not the persons to whom your children may be exposed are vaccinated.
However, Emily Sickbert-Bennett, an infectious disease expert at the University of North Carolina, points out that trick-or-treating is an outdoor activity that makes it easier to keep a physical distance. She recommends neighbors cooperating to spread out trick-or-treating to avoid children crowding in front of houses.
Outdoor activities are safer for the holidays, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and to avoid crowded, poorly ventilated rooms. People who aren’t vaccinated, especially youngsters who aren’t yet eligible for immunizations, should wear a well-fitting mask, not simply a Halloween costume mask, if they attend an indoor party, according to the CDC. Even fully vaccinated people should wear masks within regions where COVID-19 transmission rates are high.
Because the coronavirus travels mostly through respiratory droplets and the risk of infection from surfaces is considered low, it is normally safe for youngsters to ring doorbells and collect candy. However, bringing hand sanitizer for the kids to use before consuming snacks is still a smart idea.
When you open the door to dole out candy, it’s crucial to have a mask on hand.
“You probably won’t know how many people will be out there until you open the door,” Sickbert-Bennett adds, “if they’ll be wearing masks, what age they’ll be, and how good they’ll be at keeping distance from you.”
Set up candy bowls away from front doors as another alternative if you want to be extra cautious.