Covid-19 And Super Bowl Parties: Are They Worth The Risk?

Super Bowl parties are an American tradition, but the pandemic is putting a damper on them this year. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said yesterday (February 3rd), “As much fun as it is to get together in a big Super Bowl party, now is not the time to do that. Every time we do have something like this, there is always a spike [in coronavirus cases], be it a holiday, Christmas, New Year’s, Thanksgiving.” The experts say a Super Bowl party means people are indoors, with masks down to eat and drink, plus there is potentially a lot of yelling and excitement—all things that make having such a party a high-risk activity.

If you insist on still having a Super Bowl party, there are some ways to make it safer, including: having everyone wear masks as much as possible, having an outdoor party if you can, if you live somewhere chilly have the party in your garage if you can (and leave the door open to allow for cross-ventilation—also adding in a space heater is ok), encourage hand washing, keeping a minimum distance from people of six feet, having people bring their own food rather than sharing communal dishes, refraining from sharing hand towels, and leaving cleaning supplies out (like bleach wipes) so guests can wipe down the bathroom surfaces after they use it.