“the community’s health professionals still deemed it too dangerous to host”
Is COVID just being used as an excuse here? So many schools seem to see Halloween as a problem, so you have to wonder.
Campus Reform reports:
UVA cancels outdoor trick-or-treating over COVID fears
The University of Virginia decided to cancel their annual Halloween trick-or-treat festivities at the recommendation of health experts that claim bringing unvaccinated children to campus would risk spreading the virus across the greater community.
Although the event is traditionally held outdoors, The Office of the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer Robyn Hadley claimed in an October 15 statement that the community’s health professionals still deemed it too dangerous to host.
“Following guidance from our public health experts, and in an effort to reduce potential risk to children in the community who cannot yet get vaccinated for COVID, as well as others who are vulnerable, Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn will not occur this year,” the statement reads.
Even though the event is held outdoors, public health advisors told the university that bringing “so many unvaccinated children together” would increase the spread of COVID-19.
Instead, the university is encouraging the community to participate in a “virtual Halloween costume contest.”
The statement does not go into detail about how the event might cause community spread of coronavirus.
The science on coronavirus’s impact on children is not conclusive. However, research shows that the virus itself only has a mild effect on children. COVID mortality and hospitalization rates correlate very strongly with age, and children appear to be the safest demographic from developing severe illness.
According to MIT Medical, most experts believe that outdoor spread accounts for “likely less than one percent” of coronavirus transmission.
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