‘Enjoy it’: Fauci says it’s safe for Americans and their children to trick-or-treat and celebrate Halloween

Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci finishes his testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about the status of COVID-19, July 20, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci finishes his testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about the status of COVID-19, July 20, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci told Americans to enjoy Halloween since it is mostly celebrated outdoors.
  • Average daily US COVID-19 cases recently dipped below 100,000 for the first time since early August.
  • According to Fauci, 68 million eligible Americans remain unvaccinated.

In a Sunday interview with CNN anchor Dana Bash, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that US COVID-19 cases are headed in the "right direction" and Americans should feel free to enjoy Halloween festivities like trick-or-treating.

"I think that, particularly if you're vaccinated, you can get out there. You're outdoors for the most part, at least when my children were out there doing trick-or-treating, and enjoy it," Fauci said. "This is a time of the year that children love. It's a very important part of the year for children."

The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases urged unvaccinated Americans to add a degree of protection for themselves, their families, and their communities by getting vaccinated before Halloween. He also warned Americans against prematurely declaring victory against the coronavirus, since 68 million eligible Americans remain unvaccinated as the holiday season approaches.

"On the one hand, we do want to celebrate and look forward to the fact that we are going in the right direction. But if you look at the history of the surges and the diminutions in cases over a period of time, they can bounce back," Fauci said.

On Thursday, the average daily number of US COVID-19 cases dipped below 100,000 for the first time since early August, CNBC reported.

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