OMAHA – Trick-or-treating will look different in 2020. The COVID-19 virus persists. Flu season is right around the corner.
Going from door-to-door for Halloween carries certain risks this year. Creighton’s new assistant dean and chair of the Department of Clinical Research and Public Health, Maureen Tierney, MD has some suggestions for being safe this Halloween.
An important reminder is to practice good hygiene. Washing hands often is one the best practices people can do. Additionally, using hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol can keep children safe. This is especially helpful after touching objects.
Wearing a cloth mask is a great way to protect people. A costume mask does not substitute for a cloth mask. Do not wear a cloth mask under a costume mask because it makes breathing difficult.
Stay six feet away from people that are not living in your household. For those handing out treats, consider making individual bags of treats or throwing them from a six-foot distance. Handing out candy should be done outside.
Wipe down the wrappers of your kid’s treats. Otherwise, let the candy sit for a couple days before touching it.
For people at risk, think about doing some alternative Halloween activities. Such as an in-house scavenger hunt for candy, or an outdoor candy hunt. A virtual costume party is a creative way for your children to have a fun and safe Halloween.
More information can be found at the CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics, and local health department websites.