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These messages will display in edit mode only. Will pandemic hamper Halloween fun? We asked COVID-19 experts, 'Would you do this, doc?'

UC infectious disease expert shares her thoughts on ways to be safe while trick or treating

Like so many other aspects of life during COVID-19, Halloween 2020 is going to be very different for trick and treaters and ghosts and goblins. asked some local infectious disease experts for their thoughts on how Halloween can be observed safely.

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Jennifer Forrester, MD, of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UC College of Medicine. Photo/Colleen Kelley/UC Creative + Brand

Jennifer Forrester, MD, of the division of infectious Diseases at the UC College of Medicine says when it comes to handing out candy, she isn't comfortable with trick or treaters coming to the front door of her house as in years past. 

“I'd prefer to leave the candy out at the end of the driveway while we sit on our porch,” she says. “That way we can still watch the ghouls and goblins go by!"

She also says she would definitely have her children wear the appropriate mask while trick or treating. 

"Yes. The horrifying, ill-fitting, odd-shaped masks haven't been tested by an appropriate mad scientist,” she says.  “So, the child still needs a cloth face mask and it should be underneath the costume mask. I want to protect the kid, not the costume."

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