No! Kids should not go trick-or-treating this year

Elizabeth Mooney, Copy Editor

I think that you should not go trick-or-treating this year because the person that gave you candy could have COVID-19, and you’d be in close contact with the person. What are they going to do? Disinfect the candy? I don’t think that it would be worth it for, what, a Snickers bar? Instead of that, you could get your parents or guardian to go to the store and get some candy and not touch it for a few days. If you live in a town or neighborhood, then it really wouldn’t be a good idea because you aren’t supposed to gather with over twenty-five people in one area, even if you aren’t grouped together, because studies show that the aerosolized COVID-19 particles can travel at least 21 feet.

I also think that it might not be smart because the next day, you wouldn’t even know that you had it because symptoms don’t come into effect for a while, and you could go to someone’s house and give it to them. Then they could go to someone’s house, and they could give it to someone, or they could go to someone’s house that has COVID-19 and doesn’t know, and that person could give it to the other person, and so on, and so on. 

Also, you’d have to wear a mask the whole time, and if you run around a lot, you’d start to get pretty sweaty and your mask could do one of two things: it could fall down, or make it even harder for you to breathe than it already is. It’s not that I’m against Halloween, it’s just that I don’t think it’s safe to go out right now because of the pandemic.

Besides, I don’t want to get COVID-19. Do you?