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Trick-or-Treating Is Safe This Halloween, Fauci Says

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Parents can allow their children to trick-or-treat while outdoors this Halloween.

Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said door-to-door activities are safe, particularly for those who are vaccinated.

“You can get out there. You’re outdoors, for the most part,” he said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

“Enjoy it … this is a time that children love,” he said. “If you’re not vaccinated, again, think about it, that you will add an extra degree of protection to yourself and your children and your family and your community.”

Kids who are eligible should get vaccinated, Fauci said. Ages 12 and older can get a shot, and the FDA could provide emergency authorization for ages 5-11 sometime around Halloween.

“It’s a good time to reflect on why it’s important to get vaccinated,” he said. “Go out there and enjoy Halloween, as well as the other holidays that will be coming up.”

The pandemic is trending in the “right direction,” Fauci said during the CNN segment. The 7-day average shows that cases have dropped below 100,000, hospitalizations are below 10,000, and deaths are below 2,000.

“So, it’s certainly going in the right direction. That’s the good news,” he said. “And, hopefully, it’s going to continue to go in that trajectory, downward.”

But people should be careful not to “prematurely declare victory” over COVID-19 just yet, Fauci noted. About 68 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated haven’t yet gotten a shot.

“On the one hand, we do want to celebrate and look forward to the fact that we are going in the right direction,” he said. “But if you look at the history of the surges and diminutions in cases over a period of time, they can bounce back.”


CNN: Transcript, State of the Union, Oct. 10, 2021.

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