Hi-risk versus low-risk options for Halloween

It can be a balancing act trying to figure out what’s safe for your children, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and keeping them happy. Children under 12 are not yet eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19, and they usually are the ones most eager to experience Halloween traditions like trick-or-treating.  Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, M.D., a pediatric infectious diseases physician at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center who stated to KAUS News that apple orchards and pumpkin patches are low-risk options for Halloween fun…

Dr. Rajapakse went on to state that the larger the crowd around you, the higher the risk…

Dr. Rajapakse noted that masks are a big part of Halloween, so she says to make them fun, and she added that trick-or-treating groups should be small, and she added that kids should avoid indoor gatherings. Dr. Rajapakse says keeping kids safe is the priority…

To prepare for trick-or-treaters, homeowners should make sure it’s safe for kids to stop by, which includes putting away tripping hazards, such as garden hoses, toys and bikes. Clear leaves or other debris from the sidewalk, and make sure to turn your lights on.  Replace burned-out bulbs to ensure visibility at the walkway and front door.  Also make sure to control your pets, as you should take no chances that your pet might be frightened and chase or bite a child at your door.  Experts at Mayo also added that If you’re driving on Halloween, watch for children crossing the street. Be especially careful entering or leaving driveways and alleys. Extra caution can help ensure Halloween safety for everyone.

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