CDC director Dr. Rochelle Wolensky urges people to limit the crowd this Halloween
Halloween is just around the corner, and if your kids are still the trick-or-treat age, you might be wondering how to keep them safe during yet another spooky pandemic season. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Rochelle Walensky offered her expert advice on how to have fun and stay safe this year as the Delta variant continues to spread.
“If you are able to be outdoors, absolutely,” Walensky continued CBS’s Face the Nation if you send your little ones out in search of sweets this Christmas season. While she advises people to stay outdoors, she also warns against being in large groups and urges parents to “limit amounts” this year.
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According to the agency, weekly rates of hospital stays due to COVID-19 have recently increased in children ages 11 and younger. “In fact, these hospitalization rates are the highest since the pandemic began. The increase is due to the fact that many schools across the country have resumed face-to-face learning, ”they explain. The newly reported cases are at their highest level since the end of January this year.
To to the New York timeS., we have an average of more than 2,000 new reported deaths per day in this country, and our total COVID-related deaths are close to 700,000. On the other hand, nationally, cases are starting to decline as more and more people are being vaccinated.
“I wouldn’t necessarily go to a crowded Halloween party, but I think we should be able to trick or treat our kids in small groups, and I hope we can do that this year,” Walensky continued.
Fearful parents can only wait for drug companies like Pfizer to vaccinate children under the age of 12. Pfizer CEO and Chairman Albert Bourla said Vaccine data for children ages 5-11 who participated in studies would soon go to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “It’s a matter of days, not weeks,” said Bourla.
He continued, “Then it is up to the FDA to review the data and come to its conclusions and whether or not to approve it. If they approve, we will be ready with our manufacturing to provide this new formulation of the vaccine, ”noting that it is about a third of the dose that will be given to adults.
Currently, about 75 percent of Americans 12 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to the CDC. “Our science has actually shown that the disease generally comes from the community,” said Walensky. “If schools have an adequate containment and prevention strategy in place, their transmission doesn’t happen there.”
Your advice? Mask yourself, stay outdoors in small groups, and Halloween can be fun and safe for kids of all ages this year.