Health experts give advice for a safe Halloween amid COVID-19


Alabama’s latest deadly wave of COVID-19 appears to be abating, and with Halloween approaching, parents should be encouraged to learn that health officials say that by following a few tips, kids should be able to benefit a safe vacation.

“We know that being outdoors is low risk compared to many indoor activities, so we recommend that you enjoy as many fun activities as possible outdoors,” Dr Erin DeLaney, family physician at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Family and Community Medicine, UAB News told. “During the Halloween season there are many fun outdoor activities such as corn mazes, haunted trails, pumpkin carving and mummy races, so we really recommend you to enjoy these outdoor activities. air to reduce your risk of getting or spreading the flu and COVID 19. ”

DeLaney reminded the public to wear reflective gear or lights to protect themselves when handling at night, according to UAB News.

DeLaney recommended wearing a mask indoors and keeping all indoor gatherings in well-ventilated areas. Health experts warn against wearing a costume mask over cloth or surgical mask, which could make breathing more difficult, UAB News noted.

Avoid sharing food or drinks while on vacation and hand out individually wrapped bags of candy instead of allowing multiple children to fit in buckets of candy, experts said.

“Surface transmission is not as much of a concern when it comes to handing out candy to candies, but face-to-face transmission is a concern,” DeLaney told UAB News. “It would be better to continue this year the one-way trick-or-treat where individual gift bags are placed at the end of the yard or on a porch so the kids can grab and go rather than having that face contact. to face. ”

Carry and use hand sanitizer during trick-or-treat and wash your hands thoroughly before eating candy at home, according to health experts. Health officials continue to encourage the public to get vaccinated against the flu and COVID-19.

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“The past 19 months have been really tough for a lot of people with a lot of fun activities canceled; but by following these simple tips we can make it a safe night and season for all ages, ”DeLaney said.

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