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[WATCH] No Tricks, Just Treats: Halloween Is Back (With Safety Protocols in Place)

Prediction: Dr. Fauci costumes will be huge this Halloween.

With the holidays approaching, the nation’s leading epidemiologist said some festivities can start to return to a sense of normalcy, but he also warned that Covid-19 isn’t defeated yet. “It’s a good time to reflect on why it’s important to get vaccinated. But go out there and enjoy Halloween as well as the other holidays that will be coming up,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Dana Bash Sunday.

While health experts are cautioning against indoor Halloween parties this year, especially when the youngest children aren’t yet eligible to be vaccinated. But Dr. Fauci says outdoor gatherings and trick-or-treating can absolutely resume, and encouraged kids to wear Halloween masks if they’re out and about in more high-risk areas where case numbers are still high.

The big picture for Covid-19 in the US is looking a little brighter as new infections and hospitalizations decline. The average rate of daily new cases has dropped below 100,000, to 93,814 as of Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Fauci said he would like to see new daily cases well below 10,000, but the decline is a start. “Hopefully it’s going to continue to go in that trajectory downward,” he said.

While conditions are improving and the sense of normalcy is expanding, Dr. Fauci warned that the fight against the pandemic is not over. “We have to just be careful that we don’t prematurely declare victory in many respects. We still have around 68 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated that have not yet gotten vaccinated,” Dr. Fauci said

About 56.4% of the US population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although experts don’t know the exact percentage of vaccination coverage needed to control the spread of the virus, Fauci has said the “vast majority” of the population will need to get vaccinated.

 

Watch Dr. Fauci’s full discussion with CNN’s Dana Bash, below.

 



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