CDC director urges Americans to go outside, 'enjoy your trick-or-treating'

CDC director urges Americans to go outside, 'enjoy your trick-or-treating'
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyCDC working to tighten testing requirement for international travelers Overnight Health Care — Presented by March of Dimes — Omicron sets off a flurry of responses CDC strengthens recommendation to say all adults should get booster shot MORE is urging Americans to go outside and enjoy their Halloween festivities. 

During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Walensky told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceFauci to appear on Fox Business Friday for rare interview on the network The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump's pre-debate COVID-19 test sparks criticism Bret Baier confirms his 'concerns' about Tucker Carlson's Jan. 6 documentary MORE she wants children across the nation to enjoy their Halloween when asked about the upcoming holiday. 

Last year, public health officials discouraged citizens from participating in full Halloween activities, citing concerns of social distancing and outdoor spread of the virus, according to NBC affiliate WTHR.


“I would say put on those costumes, stay outside and enjoy your trick-or-treating,” Walensky told Wallace.

“Whether people are vaccinated or not, as long as you’re outside you’re safe?” Wallace asked Walensky. 

“Yes. I wouldn’t gather in large settings outside ... like you’re seeing in those football games, if you’re unvaccinated, those kids that are unvaccinated,” Walensky told Wallace. “But if you’re spread out doing your trick-or-treating, that should be very safe for your children.”

When asked about Thanksgiving and Christmas, Walensky encouraged citizens to get vaccinated before gathering with loved ones.

“So what I would say is get yourself vaccinated before you gather, it’ll absolutely be safer if you’re vaccinated. Any activity that is outdoors is safer than it is if it’s indoors. And if you’re gathering multiple households, make sure as many people are vaccinated as possible so you can protect the people who are vulnerable who might not yet be vaccinated, our young children, our elderly,” Walensky told Wallace. 

“And then do all those prevention strategies that we know work before you arrive and as you arrive to make sure that everybody can be safe for the holidays and make sure that you’re well as you gather.” 

Walensky's comments come as the nation’s top infectious disease expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci to appear on Fox Business Friday for rare interview on the network Hawaii reports its first omicron case Glenn Greenwald discusses criticism of Fauci overseeing 'medically unjustifiable' experiments on dogs MORE told ABC’s “This Week” host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosBaldwin says he doesn't feel guilty for 'Rust' shooting: Someone else 'is responsible' Baldwin details how gun misfired on 'Rust' set despite trigger never being pulled Baldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' MORE that COVID-19 vaccines could be available for children by early November.