Super Bowl or Superspreader? Fauci Says to Stay Home Sunday

Would you like a face mask with your chips?

By Kurt Stolz on 6 February 2021
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Just as health officials correctly warned against extended holiday gatherings before Thanksgiving and Christmas to avoid spreading the coronavirus, they are now telling American football fans to stay home on another occasion: Super Bowl Sunday.

Infectious disease experts were telling people that seeing grandma at her place on Thanksgiving could very well mean seeing her on Christmas in the ICU.  This week, events centered around the Super Bowl, the annual championship of the National Football League, are a long-standing tradition that the pandemic is now disrupting.

The game itself dates back to 1966, and the merger of the American Foot League and the AFL, and it is one of the most-watched U.S. television broadcasts of the year as well as the second-largest day for food consumption there, after Thanksgiving.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Americans that having friends over for the Super Bowl would create mini superspreader events.

“Enjoy the Super Bowl, but don’t do it with a large crowd of people in your house in a place when it’s cold and you don’t have good ventilation,” Fauci said during an interview on MSNBC. “It’s a perfect setup to have a mini super spreader event in your own house. Don’t do that for now. There will be other Super Bowls.”

Experts advise watching the match with the people you live with, provided they care enough to watch it, or even alone, if need be.  Even if you have one or two people from outside your household over for an open-air viewing, something that is unlikely in the Northeast with another storm on the heels of the recent blizzard, practice social distancing and have a plate of face masks and some hand sanitizer next to the chips and dip.

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