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Expert urges COVID caution ahead of Halloween: 'We're not out of the woods yet'

Pedestrians wearing face masks walk through Balboa Park. August 1, 2020.
Alexander Nguyen
Pedestrians wearing face masks walk through Balboa Park. August 1, 2020.

The number of new COVID infections are finally going down in California and nationally, but Dr. Eric Topol is warning everyone not to drop their guard.

"We're not out of the woods here, we have plenty of people who are unvaccinated in this state and they are the most likely suspects to get COVID and to spread COVID," said Topol, who is the director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute in La Jolla. "Although things are looking good now, we can't let our guard down."

This time last year, COVID looked like it was in retreat before a deadly winter surge swept across the country.

As the holiday season approaches, questions remain about boosters, vaccine mandates, vaccinations for children and Halloween trick-or-treating.

Dr. Topol joined Midday Edition on Wednesday to answer those questions.