Dr. Anthony Fauci is not going to stand in the way of children enjoying Halloween this year.
According to reports, Fauci has just given the okay for Americans to celebrate Halloween. Christmas, though, is a different story.
Halloween: “You can get out there”
The reader may remember that, last year, Fauci discouraged the celebration of Halloween, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did the same by labeling traditional trick-or-treating a “high risk” activity. This year, however, it appears that Fauci, at least, is taking a different approach.
“You can get out there – you’re outdoors for the most part, at least, when my children were out there doing trick-or-treating – and enjoy it,” Fauci recently said. “Particularly if you’re vaccinated.”
Even for the unvaccinated, though, Fauci seemed to give the okay:
If you’re not vaccinated, again, think about that you’ll add an extra degree of protection to yourself and your children and your family and your community. So it’s a good time to reflect on why it’s important to get vaccinated. But go out there and enjoy Halloween as well as the other holidays that will be coming up.
Christmas: “too soon to tell”
Fauci also recently proclaimed on whether Americans will be able to celebrate Christmas normally, with family gatherings, saying, it’s “too soon to tell.”
After a backlash, though, Fauci walked back his statement somewhat by cautiously giving vaccinated Americans the okay to gather for Christmas. “I encourage people, particularly the vaccinated people who are protected, to have a good, normal Christmas with your family,” he said.
Fauci stopped short of explicitly making vaccination a precondition for Christmas gatherings. But, as you can see, it can virtually be implied.
If you have been thinking this whole time “who cares what Fauci has to say,” you’re not alone. Fauci was widely criticized on social media following his remarks, particularly his permission to celebrate Halloween.
Many users said such things as “we don’t need your permission” or “no one asked him or cares.” Others sarcastically said, “thank you.”
The official position
The CDC, in its latest guidance, which was just updated last week, is advising Americans to celebrate the upcoming holidays either virtually or outside. The guidance reads:
Attending gatherings to celebrate events and holidays increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. The safest way to celebrate is virtually, with people who live with you, or outside and at least six feet apart from others.
So, unusually, Fauci appears to be, at least somewhat, at odds with the CDC here. Perhaps, he is sick of all of the bad publicity that he has been getting. At this point, though, it’s unlikely that he can say anything that would salvage his reputation with the American people.