In Los Angeles County, California people can add Halloween to the list of events affected by coronavirus concerns.
The county of more than 10 million people has banned trick-or-treating, so you won't see any of this in Los Angeles on October 31st. The local department of public health says it's too difficult to maintain social distancing on porches and at front doors. It's banned everything from outdoor parties to carnivals to haunted houses. But officials say people can still decorate their homes and have events where they stay inside their cars. Critics say the decision is too restrictive and that it'll be difficult to enforce.
As far as coronavirus infections in children go, two U.S. health organizations say more than 500,000 American kids have been infected.
Children and young adults are significantly less likely to die from COVID-19. But the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics says the numbers are a reminder that the virus needs to be taken seriously.
We've been reporting that U.S. government health officials have indicated a coronavirus vaccine could be available as early as October. Nine of the companies working on vaccines though, are promising they won't cut corners in safety to rush out a drug.
Meantime, colleges with students back on campus are trying to guard against the spread of COVID-19. Some of them have said their case number are low and that they've had no major problems with the disease, but several of the schools that are struggling with cases say students are responsible.
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