Staying safe from COVID-19 this Halloween

With Halloween coming up this weekend, we spoke to a local pediatrician for tips on how trick or treaters can stay safe.
Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 6:46 PM CDT
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - With Halloween getting closer, one Alexandria pediatrician has given some recommendations to keep trick or treaters safe this year.

Dr. Kai Wicker-Brown, a pediatrician at Jackson Street Pediatrics, said that Central Louisiana is in the midst of a downswing from the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, though those celebrating Halloween should still be vigilant.

“One good thing about Halloween is that it is primarily an outdoor event, so you have lots of spacing, kids are running around, for the most part, that’s a much safer environment,” said Dr. Wicker-Brown. “One thing to think about if you are getting together indoors, try to limit the number of people, particularly because most children are too young to be vaccinated at this point. So masking indoors when you are not eating or drinking, making sure you are in well-ventilated areas, and its not just for COVID but also the regular respiratory viruses that are circulating this time of year.”

For those handing out candy to trick or treaters this year, Dr. Wicker-Brown recommends limiting contact with trick or treaters, wearing a mask, and being careful to properly wash hands and sanitize high contact areas.

“Washing your hands, particularly if you are concerned about your health or if you’re going to be giving out candy and coming into contact with people. Wearing a mask is always a good idea, and that’s really easy to do for Halloween because there are so many options,” said Dr. Wicker-Brown.

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