Halloween celebrations are subdued this year thanks to the coronavirus, but some people are still planning to dress up. Many of those people will still want to wear their masks, so today we want to offer some guidance on how to wear a costume and protect yourself from the coronavirus.Incorporate your mask into your costumeThe easiest way to make sure you’re wearing your mask safely is to make it part of your costume. Dress as someone who wears a mask normally, like a ninja, a mad scientist, or, of course, a doctor.You can also wear a safety mask with a picture printed on it, like vampire fangs, then build your costume around it. That will not only keep you safe, but it will save you time applying makeup, too.A Halloween mask is not a safety maskSome people might think that wearing a spandex mask, like those that their favorite superhero wears, will be a safe alternative to their normal mask. However, that material is thinner and more permeable, and therefore will not offer any protection from the virus.Also, costume masks in general make it difficult to wear your safety mask. Not only would it be a challenge to wear them properly, but wearing two masks could cause difficulty breathing. Therefore, it’s best to skip any costume that requires a mask other than your protective one.If you do choose to go out this year, please remember to protect you and those around you from COVID-19. Halloween is already full of fun frights. People don’t need to experience the real fear of catching the coronavirus.This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. CEENTA follows strict protocols for protecting our patients from the coronavirus. If you would like an appointment, call 704-295-3000. You can also schedule an appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.