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Parents can allow their children trick or treating outdoors this Halloween.

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

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

“Enjoy it … this is a time children love,” he said. “If you are not vaccinated, remember again that you are protecting yourself and your children and your family and community.”

Eligible children should get vaccinated, Fauci said. People 12 and older can get an injection, and the FDA could issue an emergency clearance for ages 5-11 sometime around Halloween.

“It’s a good time to think about why it’s important to get vaccinated,” he said. “Get out there and enjoy Halloween and the other holidays that are coming up.”

The pandemic is headed in the “right direction,” Fauci said during the CNN segment. The 7-day average shows that the number of cases has dropped below 100,000, hospital admissions are below 10,000, and deaths are below 2,000.

“Well, it’s certainly going in the right direction. That’s the good news,” he said. “And hopefully it will go further down this trajectory.”

But people should be careful not to “prematurely declare victory over COVID-19,” noted Fauci. About 68 million people who can be vaccinated have not yet received a vaccination.

“On the one hand we want to celebrate and we are happy that we are going in the right direction,” he said. “But if you look at the history of the increases and decreases in the cases over a period of time, they can recover.”


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


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