Will you let your child make candy or a spell this Halloween? Here’s how the CDC says to do it safely
Is trick-or-treating safe?
As Halloween approaches, many families are faced with the difficult choice of letting their children go out to collect candy during the pandemic.
“It’s traditional and it’s one of the funniest childhood memories,” Erin Reid, mother of three from Syracuse, NY, told MarketWatch. “The younger you are, the more fun the holidays are. It’s so cool, it’s all there.
Reid, 39, has two children who have grown too old for trick-or-treat, but his youngest son Jaxx, 7, is an age where kids usually like to go out to pick up candy. Sadly, Jaxx was not allowed to do a sleight of hand last year due to pandemic security concerns – the family opted for a small reunion instead.
“It was sad. I hate it, but it was better than staying home,” Reid said.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shared tips on how to safely participate in Halloween activities like treat or treat. These tips include:
Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
Give treats outside, if possible.
Set up a station with individually wrapped treats for the kids.
Wash hands before handling treats.
Wear a mask
A more comprehensive list of CDC’s Halloween-related safety measures can be found on the CDC’s website.
Reid said she hasn’t made any final Halloween plans with her son, but will implement some safety measures to “minimize the risk” when trick-or-treating.
“I’m probably going to make him wear his usual mask, then his costume mask,” she explained. “I want his costume to have gloves too. We will take all precautions.
Reid added that his candy or candy group would be small and hoped that “parents putting candy on the porch would be really great.”
She also added that there was an immunocompromised person in their house.
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Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said last week that trick-or-treating is safe, if done correctly.
“If you can do a trick-or-treat outside, absolutely,” Walensky told CBS.
Confirmed cases and hospitalizations of COVID-19 in the United States continued their recent steady decline on Monday, as the country seeks to overcome a July surge likely caused by the highly transmissible delta variant.
The CDC’s vaccine tracker shows that 185.5 million people in the United States are fully vaccinated, which equates to about 56% of the population – that number has remained relatively stable for weeks.