It's that time of the year, again. The one where we put aside our differences and come together in celebration of what makes America, America: football. We mean Super Bowl Sunday, of course.
However, if you or your employees are planning to attend a Super Bowl party, you might want to think again. Public health officials are warning that the most wonderful day of the year, could actually be the most dangerous.
Throughout the last year, coronavirus cases in the U.S. have surged after almost every major holiday. And while Super Bowl LV isn't technically a holiday, it's certainly celebrated as one. Think indoor parties and crowds gathering from many different households to watch the big game.
Polls from Seton Hall University and the National Retail Federation found that nearly 30 percent of adults said they would attend a gathering at someone's home or spend Super Bowl Sunday at a restaurant or a bar.
In an effort to avoid a superspreader event this Super Bowl Sunday, here's what we'd suggest doing in lieu of the typical Super Bowl party:
1. Consider catching (pardon the pun) the game outside. Studies show that transmission inside, especially from people yelling, cheering and talking, spreads the virus more. When you’re outside, with more space, everyone is safer!
2. Hang with your household. Roomies, pets, yourself - all are fair game.
3. Host (or attend) a virtual watch party. Yes, we're all tired of Zoom, but it still gives you the chance to (safely) rag on your friends.
However you decide to celebrate this weekend, don't let Super Bowl Sunday turn into Superspreader Sunday.