HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Dr Karen Landers of the Alabama Department of Public Health agrees with Dr Fauci, saying kids should be perfectly fit this year, as long as it’s done outdoors.
In an announcement earlier this week, Dr Anthony Fauci said outdoor Halloween activities carry a much lower risk of infection.
With COVID-19 cases on the decline in children and adults across the state, Landers says it’s a good sign for the scary vacation. Still, she says this number is by no means a safe zone.
Landers said 18% of COVID-19 cases across the state are children, and while that number may seem high, it is down from almost a quarter last month alone. She also echoed Fauci’s recommendation, saying that outdoor activities are considered safer, especially when social distancing is exercised and children wash their hands before eating their candy.
Dr Landers said that while it’s a good thing that cases are declining, a vacation like this caters to some of the most vulnerable groups – those who are too young to be vaccinated.
“As more and more people are vaccinated, COVID will really go to the most vulnerable population that has zero levels of immunity, and that’s the children,” Landers said. “This is our most socially active group and our group of people who tend to come together and again in children, especially younger ones, you can talk about social distancing whatever we want, but if you talk toddlers, this is probably wrong. happen.”
Parents are encouraged to follow safe practices with their children, such as sticking to outdoor treats in small groups. To hand out candy and other treats, health officials recommended sitting outside and lining up individually prepackaged treats for children.
Tight, indoor gatherings like Halloween parties are always against the recommendation of health experts, unless masks are worn – but not the scary kind.
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