The changing leaves and the snap in the air are sure signs that Halloween is approaching. Taking care due to COVID-19 and flu is still an important part of trick-or-treating season. Here are tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Get vaccinated against COVID-19: Protect those not yet eligible for COVID-19 vaccination such as young children by getting yourself and other eligible people around them vaccinated. Delaware and the surrounding states still have high community transmission rates for COVID-19.
- Remember your flu vaccine: Flu vaccines are available and recommended for anyone over the age of 6 months. We are bracing for a potentially severe flu season, so vaccination is more important than ever.
- Mask up: Wear well-fitting cloth masks or medical masks over your nose and mouth if you are in public indoor settings if you are not fully vaccinated. No masks for children under the age of 2. Even those who are fully vaccinated should wear a mask in public indoor settings in communities with substantial to high transmission.
- People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated and have received an additional dose. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted cloth mask or medical mask, until advised otherwise by their health care provider.
- You might choose to wear a cloth mask or medical mask regardless of the level of transmission if a member of your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.
For healthy haunting
- Wear a cloth mask or medical mask — a Halloween mask is no substitute.
- Do not wear a Halloween mask over a face covering because the combination can make it hard to breathe. Consider buying a Halloween-themed cloth or medical mask.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially before eating or drinking.
- Stay physically distant from people when you don’t know their vaccination status.
- Avoid large groups.
- Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces.
- Outdoors is safer than indoors.
- If you are sick or have symptoms, don’t host or attend a gathering.
- Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have a close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
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More safe fun in the spirit of the season
- Carve and decorate pumpkins with family and friends who are vaccinated.
- Rent age-appropriate spooky movies for an outdoor monster watch-a-thon.
- Organize a scary scavenger hunt by hiding candy around the house for people in your household to find.
- Make an at-home haunted house with creepy décor.
- Make ghoulishly good recipes to enjoy at home.
- Visit farm stands and orchards that require cloth or medical masks and provide sanitizer.
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