CDC labels Halloween trick-or-treating a high-risk activity for COVID-19
Check out these DIY Halloween crafts“Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses,” the CDC said. A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face. Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Lower your risk by following CDC’s recommendations on hosting gatherings or cook-outsLower risk activitiesThese lower-risk activities can be safe alternatives:
What to know before going trick-or-treating
And even though this year promises to be different, the Broerings wanted to keep this tradition going strong. One way you can check that is by going to Halloween2020.org — set up by Harvard Global Health Institute. “To have a mask on that we know is protective against transmitting COVID and then to try and put another costume mask over the top of it, it’s probably not going to be an easy fit,” said Dr. Englund. Choose wisely — friends that you know have been practicing social distancing and limiting their own exposure as well. As an extra note of caution, Dr. Chapman recommends staying away from communal candy bowls.