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This year, Halloween is a bit more normal compared to 2020. Here’s what the experts recommend to keep you safe.
Halloween is a big problem. Halloween in a pandemic is an even bigger affair, as it adds a variety of elements that we need to consider to have a good time and stay safe. While we have last year’s Halloween experience for reference, this year things are a bit different.
Here’s what the experts recommend for the holidays this year and for your safety and that of your family:
Trick or treat is an opportunity
“I think, especially if you are vaccinated, you can go out and enjoy it.” Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s State of the Union. When it comes to children, things are quite simple: if they are over 5 years old and vaccinated, they are well protected and should go trick-or-treating if they wish. If they are under 5 years old and cannot get vaccinated, it is still quite safe if you are doing it with a limited group and going outside trick-or-treating. Many families will set up outdoor candy stations, limiting contact with each other, and this is clearly the safest way to do it.
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“I encourage parents not to enter other people’s apartment buildings and instead seek activities in a neighboring park or other primarily outdoor settings.” Dr. Leana Wen explained to CNN.
Holidays are a more complicated subject
“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,” said Rochelle Wolesnky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. told CBS Face The Nation.
Dr. Mona Amin spoke on the Today Show and said that indoor parties are a reasonable option depending on the positivity rates in your area. If they are below 5%, then an indoor party is relatively safe. When it comes to other types of gatherings and living in a place with more COVID-19 cases than the 5% who spoke, it is best to stay with family and friends who are vaccinated. Children who have not yet been vaccinated can also wear face masks as part of their costumes.
Prepare for haunted houses and other indoor venues
All of these popular Halloween activities carry some risks, which increase based on community COVID-19 rates, the size of the gathering, and whether it’s indoors or outdoors. The best combination here to stay safe is knowing your area’s baud rate and wearing a mask indoors when surrounded by strangers. It all depends on you and how much risk you are comfortable with.
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