CDC Director on Whether Kids Should Trick or Treat on Halloween

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NEW YORK, NY – OCT 31: A child dressed as Halloween Wonder Woman on October 31, 2020 at Fort Greene Park in New York City. The CDC shares an alternative way to celebrate the holidays while staying safe on its website. (Photo by David De Delgado/Getty Images)

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Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned Sunday that children should be able to trick or treat themselves this Halloween.

“I certainly look forward to doing that,” Warensky said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Exactly if you can get out,” she said.

The CDC chief also recommended that parents and children “limit the crowds” on Halloween.

“I don’t always go to crowded Halloween parties, but I think we should be able to trick kids or get treats into small groups,” Warensky said. “I hope we can do that this year.”

On Monday, Pfizer and BioNTech announced in a clinical trial in children ages 5 to 11 that a small dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and produces a “strong” immune response.

Pfizer CEO and Chairman Albert Boerla said the data would soon be handed over to the Food and Drug Administration.

“It’s a matter of days, not weeks,” Borla said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.”

“Then it is up to the FDA to review the data, reach their conclusions, and approve them,” Borla said. “If they approve it, we are ready for our production to offer this new formulation of the vaccine.”

Vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 are “one-third of the dose we’re giving the rest.”

Meanwhile, school is mostly back in session, so CDC Warrensky told “This Week” that children infected with the coronavirus while in school were mainly uninfected.

“Our science really shows that the disease usually comes from the community,” Warensky said. “While schools are practicing appropriate mitigation and prevention strategies, this is not where their communication is really happening.”

According to the CDC director, the infection rate is very high if the school does not have proper safety measures in place.

According to Varensky, the majority of schools (96%) are open this year.

“Nevertheless, we also published a study in Arizona showing that places without masks were 3.5 times more likely than places with no masks,” Warensky said.

“We know how to keep them safe,” Warensky said. “And if you don’t use proper mitigation strategies, they are likely to happen and should stop.”


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