Halloween trick-or-treating is back on this year in many communities after taking a pandemic pause in 2020. Still, parents may have questions about the COVID-19 risks associated with this taking part in this activity.
Tufts Medical Center Epidemiologist and Infectious Disease Physician Shira Doron, MD has these top seven Halloween safety tips to make this a fun and low-risk holiday.
- Kids & adults should get vaccinated, if eligible
- When it comes to transmission of COVID-19, outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities. You don’t even need a mask if you are outside (unless it’s for your costume!)
- To make indoor activities safer, wear a good quality mask that fits and filters well
- Some people are more vulnerable to complications of COVID-19 than others, and might not want to hand out candy… skip the houses with the lights off while trick-or-treating
- As fun as Halloween is, everyone should stay home if they are sick
- Never put a mask of any kind on a child younger than 2 years of age
- Bobbing for apples using a single tub of water for multiple people was never a good idea… but is especially unwise given the COVID-19 pandemic