By Matt Fairfax JAMESVILLE, N.Y. (NCC News) — One of America’s most notable COVID experts says it’s okay for children to trick-or-treat on Halloween this year. With other medical professionals agreeing, the night of Halloween may look a little different in Central New York this year.
Dr. Anthony Fauci made an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union this weekend. Speaking on the topic of Halloween, Dr. Fauci shared his thoughts on trick-or-treating.
“I think that, particularly if you’re vaccinated, you can get out there and enjoy it,” Dr. Fauci said. “This is a time that children love. It’s a very important part of the year for children.
Central New York mother and son Melissa and Charles Keegan said they are ready to celebrate and collect candy.
“I like it. Kids should go around, have some fun, and eat some candy honestly,” Charles Keegan said.
“I agree. I think we’re outside; everything is fine,” Melissa Keegan said.
Lisa Apau, a registered nurse at Oregon Health & Science University who specializes in vaccine clinics, said she has no doubts about Dr. Fauci’s message.
“I’ve been a nurse for over 33 years, and working at a science and research university, we’re really backing what you know Dr. Fauci is saying and the CDC,” Apau said.
Apau also said she believes it’s important for kids to get back outside again on Halloween.
“Some children were saying what’s wrong with me, how come my friends don’t ask me to come play? And the parent had to say it’s not you,” Apau said. “This is what’s going on. We’re all shut down. We all can’t you know. I think just because it’s the length of time, it’s so important for growth and development. Normal growth and development that we get kids back outside.”
Apau and other medical professionals are recommending that children stay outside and trick-or-treat in small groups during the Halloween festivities.
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