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Doctors stress caution ahead of Halloween amid pandemic

Medical experts are sharing their best tips to stay safe amid the pandemic.

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(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) As Halloween draws near, those looking forward to celebrating the evening in the traditional sense are hoping this year is no exception, but this year has been anything but.

Whether you're planning a party or a night out trick or treating, medical experts still say proper steps to stay safe from Covid-19 must be taken.

They remind us of the things not to do.

"Anytime you're gonna gather together especially inside without a mask and not socially distanced with people who are sick, those are the wrong things to do." Dr. Steve Stites, University of Kansas Medical Center said.

Medical experts urge caution not just with partying, but also with trick or treating. Dr. Dana Hawkinson, University of Kansas Medical Center said the Centers for Disease Control deemed trick or treating a high risk activity for contracting the virus.  

"I think the main reason for that is the groups that are going trick or treating together." Hawkinson said.

Locals said they didn't want to put too much thought behind the precautions, but they are still taking them.

"I didn't really think about it a whole lot, Parker Colescott, Halloween shopper said. "We'll probably strap up with some masks and some gloves and just kinda feel it out.

Even those in the medical field say, just because Halloween might have to be done a little different this year doesn't mean they don't want people to celebrate at all.

"You can go do halloween," Dr. Stites said. "Keep your distance, wear a mask, make sure you stay safe."

Both doctors said Halloween parties are the greatest risk of catching Covid-19. 

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