Fauci endorses Halloween trick-or-treating this year

Children receive treats by candy chutes while trick-or-treating for Halloween in Woodlawn Heights on October 31, 2020 in New York City. The CDC shared on their website alternative ways to still celebrate the holiday while being safe.
Children receive treats by candy chutes while trick-or-treating for Halloween in Woodlawn Heights on October 31, 2020 in New York City. The CDC shared on their website alternative ways to still celebrate the holiday while being safe. Photo credit David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Dr. Anthony Fauci has endorsed trick-or-treating this Halloween as coronavirus figures trend in the right direction.

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“I think that — particularly if you're vaccinated, but you can get out there,” the chief White House medical adviser said during an appearance Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“You're outdoors, for the most part — at least when my children were out there doing trick or treating. And enjoy it. I mean, this is a time that children love. It's a very important part of the year for children. I know my children enjoyed it,” he added.

The holiday season is approaching as the nation experiences a downward trend in major coronavirus categories like cases and deaths as more Americans get vaccinated.

The seven-day average of cases has fallen below 100,000, to about 95,000. Hospitalizations are down below 10,000 and deaths are down below 2,000, Fauci said.

So it's certainly going in the right direction. That's the good news,” Fauci said.

“But we have to just be careful that we don't prematurely declare victory in many respects,” he warned. “We still have around 68 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated that have not yet gotten vaccinated.”

Fauci also reminded viewers that it was still important for vaccinated people to wear masks inside — at least until cases continue to drop and vaccinations rise —reducing the amount of virus circulating across the country

“I think, if we continue to go down in the cases that we're seeing right now, and more and more people get vaccinated... I hope we will be able to pull back on some of those restrictions to get closer to what we really feel is normal in the community,” he said.