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I'm an epidemiologist who's preparing for a socially-distanced Halloween at home. Here's what I'm doing to keep my kids and family safe through the holidays.

I'm an epidemiologist who's preparing for a socially-distanced Halloween at home. Here's what I'm doing to keep my kids and family safe through the holidays.


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Dr. Syra Madad is an infectious diseases epidemiologist in NYC. She's senior director of NYC Health + Hospitals System-wide Special Pathogens Program and fellow for the Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.




Halloween — and other fall and winter holidays — during a pandemic will look a little bit different.




For Halloween, Maddad is planning on having a candy egg hunt in her house for her children.




For holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, one way to spend time with family and friends is merging social bubbles.




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September is the time my two boys, ages four and six, begin to explore what they're going to be for Halloween. Last year it was superheroes, Black Panther and Iron Man; the year before it was Buzz Lightyear. A couple of weeks ago, they asked to be superheroes again, and to have their new baby sister be Wonder Woman when they go trick-or-treating. But this year's Halloween a??or, for that matter, Thanksgiving and Christmas a?? won't be the same. Instead, we'll be practicing a socially-distanced holiday season.To understand risk levels and activities that may pose a greater risk in terms of exposure, it's important to keep the three C's, or key factors to avoid: crowded places, close-contact settings with extended duration of interaction, and confined and enclosed spaces. The three C's are based on the modes of transmission of COVID-19, which can include contact, droplet, airborne, and fomite transmission a?? among others.
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