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Advice from Alabama pediatricians to families before Halloween

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (WHNT) – Last year was a tough one for Halloween enthusiasts, but celebrating the tradition now has the backing of top Alabama experts, citing better vaccination rates and the slowing wave of the delta variant, as long as it is done outdoors.

“I would avoid big indoor parties, even if we are in moderate ranges,” said Dr. David Kimberlin of UAB Pediatric Medicine. “I don’t know if I would tempt fate this way. But going out and door-to-door and doing candy or a spell is a fun thing to do.

That’s not to say precautions shouldn’t be taken, according to pediatrician and Alabama Department of Public Health administrator Dr. Karen Landers.

“Certainly, if people get sick with signs and symptoms compatible with COVID, please don’t go outside,” Landers said. “Please don’t go to events because you could still have COVID. Please go get tested. Certainly, if you do get sick after attending an event, then again, get tested. Please have your doctor evaluated.

A reality shared by doctors and security authorities is that there are other dangers to be aware of as well.

“I remind parents, for example, that you want to think about costume safety,” Landers said. “Is there a risk of tripping over there?” Are we in a situation where it could get darker than expected? Should we have flashlights available? “

Irene Cardenas-Martinez, Information Liaison Officer for the Decatur Police Department, echoed the warning.

“We really recommend that adults always watch over children who might be cheating or treating,” Cardenas-Martinez said. “If you are doing a walk or a treatment at night, we recommend that you wear something reflective on your costume or maybe have flashlights or glow sticks. “

Landers and Kimberlin both recall that in the case of being indoors or in crowded areas, masking yourself will not only help prevent infection with COVID-19, but also the flu, as it approaches. flu season.


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