Top US infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci says it’s okay for families to trick or treat this Halloween

The US government’s top infectious diseases expert says families can feel safe trick-or-treating outdoors this year for Halloween as Covid-19 cases in the US decline, especially for those who are vaccinated.

r. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday that it’s an important time of year for children, so “go out there” and “enjoy it.”

He added that people wanting to enjoy Halloween on October 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 plans a meeting in late October to consider Pfizer’s request for emergency use authorisation 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 a premature victory since cases have bounced back in the past.

He said he’d like to see cases drop to less than 10,000 a day before dropping Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, such as shedding masks indoors in public places.

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