Dr. Fauci Tells America To ‘Go Out There And Enjoy Halloween’

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has given Americans the green light to go trick-or-treating on Halloween this year, despite the continuing battle with COVID-19.

Speaking with the CNN’s State of the Union this past weekend, Fauci gave his thoughts on one of the nation’s favorite holidays, explaining that people who have been vaccinated shouldn’t be too worried about social interactions.

“You can get out there, you’re outdoors for the most part. This is a time that children love, it’s a very important part of the year for children, I know my children enjoyed it.”

Fauci also took the time to urge unvaccinated to think about the benefits of receiving the shot. “If you’re not vaccinated, again, think about it,” Fauci explained, “that you’ll add any extra degree of protection to yourself and your children, and your family, and your community. It’s a good time to reflect on why you should get vaccinated.”

Hearing the leading doctor against the virus give his approval is a breath of fresh air for those who have been craving returning to a pre-pandemic time, and it’s obvious that people are excited. According to Good Morning America, Halloween spending is estimated to reach an all-time high of $10.14 billion.

Fauci also mentioned that the outlooks for Thanksgiving and Christmas look promising as well, although no official guidelines have been released at this time.

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Last year, Fauci and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) discouraged trick-or-treating and engaging in large gatherings on Halloween. The CDC noted at the time that many of the classic All Hallow’s Eve activities, such as haunted houses and in-person festivals, were thought to be “high-risk for spreading viruses.”

According to the New York Times, there are 123,000 new COVID-19 cases, although the total new cases have been in decline over the past few weeks (totals were up to nearly 190,000 in early September). Additionally, the seven-day average is now slightly over 89,000, the lowest it’s been since late July.

In the same interview with CNN, Fauci also noted that daily hospitalizations are down below 10,000, while daily deaths are down below 2,000. These positive trends have many hopeful that the Delta-variant wave is finally tapering off.

While it’s a step in the right direction, the fight against COVID-19 is far from over. Fauci warned against declaring a “premature victory” over the pandemic.

“We still have around 68 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated that have not yet gotten vaccinated,” Fauci said. “You want to look forward to holiday seasons and spending time with your family and doing those sorts of things, but don’t just throw your hands up and say it’s all over.”

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The CDC does have some input on safety measures that families should attempt to take leading up to and on Oct. 31. Small groups are still preferable, and it’s recommended that large indoor gatherings continue to be avoided.

The CDC also recommended continuing to wear masks outside, but that step may not be necessary. Epidemiologist Dr. John Brownstein told ABC News that based on all the data we’ve gathered from the on-going pandemic, the outside has been determined to be safe, even for unvaccinated.

“Every parent has to make their own sort of risk calculation, but given where we are in this pandemic, I think, generally, mask wearing outside is probably unnecessary.”

While you may not need to worry about what precautions you take outside, Brown did add that masks and social distancing may be better should you find yourself in a large indoor gathering. Additionally, you should know ahead of time if other indoor attendees are vaccinated.

Brown also urged for people to continue following safety guidelines in order to ensure more relaxed holidays in the coming months.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci says that he would definitely settle for a Covid-19 vaccine that’s only 75% effective as a means of slowing down the spread of the virus, however, the fact that many Americans already claim that they won’t get a coronavirus vaccine makes it “unlikely” that the US will reach a level of collective immunity that would expel the virus from the country. 

“The best we’ve ever done is measles, which is 97 to 98 percent effective. That would be wonderful if we get there. I don’t think we will. I would settle for a 70, 75% effective vaccine.”

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With government support currently three coronavirus vaccines are projected to be studied in large-scale clinical trials within the next three months throughout the world. In a recent media poll, one-third of Americans said they would not try to get vaccinated against Covid, even if the vaccine was cheap and widely distributed. 

The main concern right now isn’t how effective the vaccine itself is going to be, as we haven’t seen enough trial data yet, but instead the lack of herd immunity that will result if one-third of the country refuses to be vaccinated. Herd immunity is defined as when a sufficient number of individuals in a given population are immune to an infectious disease, making spread from person to person unlikely. Immunity isn’t necessarily equivalent to being vaccinated either, as we know, many individuals throughout the world are either asymptomatic or completely immune from the coronavirus. 

Fauci claimed that “there is a general anti-science, anti-authority, anti-vaccine feeling among some people in this country — an alarmingly large percentage of people, relatively speaking.”

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The anti-vaccination movement is much larger than most realize and while certain states, such as New York, require individuals to be vaccinated if they’re in a public school setting, not enough enforcement is in place nationwide. Fauci went on to explain that they have an extensive program in the making that will be relatable to community members in an attempt to get them to consider vaccination once it’s available. The program, however, is in the preliminary stages. 

Fauci continued to state that every state would receive a different letter grade when asked if he could grade America’s response to the pandemic. “Some states are going to be A+, some A, and some are a C.” He didn’t name any specific states, however, he alluded that all the states where you see large gatherings of people who aren’t wearing masks were creating a recipe for disaster for themselves. 

Until the world sees a real vaccine, one of the number one ways to slow down the spread of the virus from an executive standpoint is contact tracing. Public health officials have been trying to contain certain outbreaks of Covid-19 by isolating infected people and extensively interviewing them about who they’ve had contact with while they were infectious. 

However, Fauci says the US is barely practicing contact tracing especially when compared to countries like China and Japan. He also claims that contact tracing is difficult because a lot of individuals who contract Covid-19 are asymptomatic, so they don’t even realize they’re sick. For now, he encourages everyone to continue to quarantine, wear a mask if you’re out in public and continue to socially distance.