The US government’s infectious diseases expert has said that families can feel safe trick-or-treating outdoors this year for Halloween, as COVID-19 cases in the U.S. decline, especially for those who are vaccinated.
Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that it’s an important time of year for children, so “go out there” and “enjoy it.” Fauci added that people wanting to enjoy Halloween on Oct. 31 should consider getting the shots for that “extra degree of protection” if they are not yet vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccines so far have been approved for people 12 years and older. The Food and Drug Administration has arranged a meeting for late October to consider Pfizer’s request for emergency use authorization of its vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Nationwide, there are about 95,000 new COVID-19 cases a day.
Fauci called the downward trend “good news” but cautioned against declaring victory at this stage. Fauci stated that he’d like to see cases drop to less than 10,000 a day before dropping COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, such as not wearing masks indoors in public places.
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