COVID-19

CDC: Trick-or-treating is high risk

The national health origanization has released guidance on how to handle Halloween this year. Regular trick-or-treating is out, but there are other activities that are safer.

Trick-or-treating may be fun for kids, but this year it brings with it the risk of picking up more than just candy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its guidance for celebrating Halloween during the pandemic and normal trick-or-treating is out, as are other normal activities like boozy parties and costume contests.

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The guidelines group activities together by how risky they could be. At the low end of the spectrum are activities that don’t involve groups of people, such as pumpkin carving and Halloween movies. At the other end are the things most wouldn’t think twice about during any other year, such as handing out candy to people who stop by your house in costume.

Another thing to think about: Halloween masks don’t double as face protection. The CDC says it’s probably not a good idea to double up on masks either, since that could make it hard to breath. The CDC recommends going with a Halloween-themed cloth face mask in place of a regular costume face covering.

You can read the full list of recommendations here.

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