The risk of contracting Covid-19 from Halloween candy can be reduced to practically zero if givers make sure that they wash their hands and recipients wash the candy with ordinary dish soap, according to researchers at the University of California.
Though the risk of transmission from candy is low, trick-or-treaters can make it “negligible” if givers wash their hands according to CDC guidelines before handing out candy and recipients the wash candy with household dish detergent, according to a report published in mSystems.
The researchers had 10 Covid-19 positive volunteers handle bags of candy, including deliberately coughing on them, before testing the levels of virus on the candy, later washing some samples with dish soap.
Dish soap was effective at reducing the viral load on the candies by 62.1%.
The researchers had initially intended to test bleach, but decided against it upon noting that it occasionally leaked through wrappers and contaminated the candy.
The biggest risk when trick-or-treating, the researchers note, is being close to other people.
Rob Knight, who is the director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation at UC San Diego and one of the study’s authors, underscored this, advising would-be trick-or-treaters to wear masks and put candy in a dish “where you can wave from six feet away.”
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise against many traditional Halloween activities that are a “high-risk” of spreading viruses. This includes trick-or-treating. Instead the organization recommends lower risk activities like pumpkin carving, a movie night, or a virtual Halloween costume contest.
Many people have been getting creative with how they plan to distribute candy in a socially distanced fashion, with lots of tubes, chutes, levers and pulleys. One man even spent eight days building an automatic “Candy Cannon.”
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