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Infectious disease doctor's Halloween advice for parents

Virus Outbreak Halloween trick-or-treating
Charlie Riedel / AP
Dressed as coronavirus and hand sanitizer for Halloween, Daphne Origanti, age 9, and her brother Owen, age 7, walk between houses as they trick-or-treat Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Overland Park, Kan.

While some parents kept their kids home from school on Monday to protest the school vaccine mandate in California, other parents are counting the days until a vaccine for kids under 12 is approved.

Health officials are optimistic vaccines will soon be available for children 5 to 12, but not in time for Halloween. So what do families need to know as we enter another year of holidays in the midst of a pandemic?

Dr. Mark Sawyer, a pediatric infectious disease specialist with Rady Children’s Hospital and UC San Diego, joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss what families should be thinking about as Halloween approaches, as well as his cautiously optimistic outlook for the coronavirus pandemic in the coming months.


"We've learned how to wear masks, we've learned how to space ourselves apart. The vaccines are making a big impact. So I think we'll continue to have little peaks of activity at various times, but I don't expect a massive outbreak the way we've been having in the last year," Sawyer said.