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It’s time to get the costumes and bowls of candy ready – Halloween is just around the corner.
And in contrast to last year, trick-or-treating can take place this season – according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert.
“I think that, especially if you are vaccinated, you can go out and enjoy it,” Fauci told CNN’s State of the Union over the weekend.
After more than 18 months under the dark cloud of the coronavirus pandemic, the Halloween celebrations should safely continue, he said. This is a refreshing change from the celebrations last year, which were largely canceled due to high COVID-19 cases and no vaccine was yet available.
With many adults and now younger Americans being vaccinated over the age of 12, Fauci says that trick or treating outdoors, where the risk of infection is lower, should be safe for young children.
“This is a time children love. It’s a very important part of the year for children,” he said.
HealthyChildren.org recommended that families try trick or treating outdoors and do so in small groups. For the distribution of sweets and other goodies, the website recommended sitting outside and line up individually packaged goodies for the kids.
Fauci also said the outlook for the rest of the holiday season, including Thanksgiving and Christmas, looks good for vaccinated Americans.
He went on to urge those who are not vaccinated to get their vaccinations. He said the vaccine was another layer of protection for the person and their families.
Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine is now available to people 12 years and older. The company has requested that the Food and Drug Administration approve the syringes for children ages 5-11. With the FDA on board, these syringes could get into the arms of young children in a matter of weeks.
Fauci’s recommendations are in line with the comments made by the Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, last month.
She shared on CBS ‘Face the Nation that small children should be safe to go out on Halloween in small groups.
“If you’re able to be outdoors, absolutely. Limit the amount. I wouldn’t necessarily go to a crowded Halloween party, but I think we should be able to sweet or treat our kids in small groups To do something sour. ” “Said Walenski.
But earlier this month, the CDC caused some confusion over recommendations for those looking to celebrate the fall and winter holidays.
Previously published, outdated guidance on the CDC website recommending keeping windows open and family gatherings short won’t be the agency’s last word on the 2021 holidays.
The CDC said it was in the process of updating its advice for Americans to watch the upcoming Christmas season safely.