Anthony Fauci Advises Against Super Bowl Parties: 'Just Lay Low and Cool It'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2021

In this Jan. 21, 2021, photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. President Joe Biden is dispatching the nation’s top scientists and public health experts to regularly brief the American public about the pandemic. Beginning Jan. 27, the experts will host briefings three times a week on the state of the outbreak and efforts to control it.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Viewing parties are often a staple of Super Bowl Sunday across the United States, but Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned against participating in large gatherings to enjoy Super Bowl LV.

"You don't want parties with people that you haven't had much contact with," said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on NBC's Today show Wednesday (h/t the Associated Press). "You just don't know if they're infected, so, as difficult as that is, at least this time around, just lay low and cool it."


“Enjoy the game, watch it on television, but do it with the immediate members of your family, the people in your household.” -Dr. Anthony Fauci advises against gathering for #SuperBowl parties this weekend https://t.co/d5ab4VNRUd

Even for those who don't follow the NFL, the Super Bowl is a can't-miss event. The Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl LIV victory over the San Francisco 49ers averaged 99.9 million viewers.

As has been the case with many other annual traditions, fans will have to adapt to the times when it comes to any plans for Sunday's clash between the Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

While a COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out across the country, the number of vaccinations hasn't come anywhere close to enough to safely allow for large gatherings—at least events without clear health and safety protocols.

The NFL is allowing up to 22,000 fans to attend Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Of that number, 7,500 will be vaccinated health care workers.

The New York Times' Donald G. McNeil Jr. reported in December a country is believed to achieve herd immunity at 60 to 70 percent of its population. That point is likely still months away in the United States.

Until then, fans would be wise to continue exercising restraint while enjoying their favorite sporting events.