Trick-or-treat? That’s OK this year, CDC says
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller
As the weather continues to change, fall festivities get more and more alluring. With Halloween at the end of the month, many parents are left wondering if trick-or-treating is OK while COVID-19 is still around.
University Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Thomas Weida said because children younger than 12 aren’t yet eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, parents should continue taking the same precautions.
“COVID-19 and candy, you have to be careful and play it safe,” Weida said. “I recommend wearing a mask. Not just a Halloween mask, but an actual face mask to protect your nose and mouth. It protects other people as well as yourself.”
Weida said children can cut down on potential COVID-19 transmission by washing their hands or using hand sanitizer frequently, and staying socially distanced from others.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said children can trick-or-treat in small groups with little risk of transmission.