WASHINGTON (AP) – Government’s top infectious disease expert says families can feel safe outside this year for Halloween as COVID-19 cases in the United States decline, especially for those who are vaccinated.
Dr Anthony Fauci told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that it was an important time of year for kids, so “get out there” and “enjoy it.”
He added that people wanting to enjoy Halloween on Oct. 31 should consider getting vaccinated for that “extra level of protection” if they haven’t yet been vaccinated.
So far, COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for people 12 years of age and older. The Food and Drug Administration is planning a meeting at the end of October to review Pfizer’s request for authorization of emergency use of its vaccine for children aged 5 to 11.
Nationwide, there are approximately 95,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day. Fauci called the downtrend “good news” but warned of an untimely victory as cases have rebounded in the past.
He said he would like to see cases drop to less than 10,000 a day before dropping restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the loss of masks indoors in public places.