UAB doctor: Stay safe this Halloween  


By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson

Halloween and trick-or-treating are bigger than ever this year after 2020, but a UAB Hospital doctor is still encouraging a little caution for those candy-seekers this weekend.

UAB Department of Family and Community Medicine Dr. Erin Delaney said health and safety concerns have changed since the COVID-19 vaccine is widespread in many communities.

“The best thing about trick-or-treating is that it’s outside, which can provide the most safety because more adults and even some adolescents are vaccinated,” Delaney said. “That’s going to make it safer for us to trick-or-treat in small groups and approach houses.”

If you plan on handing out candy this year, consider wearing a mask, Delaney said.

“I think outside if you are able to keep your distance you don’t always have to have that mask on, but when you are traveling in groups, we still recommend that,” Delaney said. “Going in small groups is better, so try to go in smaller groups this year.”

Hand sanitizers and hand-washing are important for children returning home after an evening out, she said.

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