How Not to ‘Fumble’ with COVID Exposure on Super Bowl Sunday


University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health provides guidance on safely watching the game

Health experts are cautioning that Super Bowl Sunday – when people tend to gather at large parties and share food –  has the potential to be a COVID “superspreader” event.

“We’ve come so far and made so many strides in the fight against COVID. We are seeing cases trend downward and vaccines coming online. We really need to stay vigilant and focused. The virus is not tired and looks for every opportunity to spread,” said Dr. Fermin Barrueto, senior vice president and chief medical officer at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health.

“We saw COVID surges related to gatherings for Thanksgiving, the December holidays and New Year’s and are hoping to avoid that in February,” Dr. Barrueto said.

Masking remains one of the best ways to avoid the spread of Coronavirus. Individuals should avoid all situations where they are exposed to people who are not wearing masks, which would include bars and restaurants where large numbers of people are gathering to eat and drink.

 The Super Bowl is associated with lots of appetizers, chips/dips and finger foods. This year, be sure to not “double dip,” don’t share food, and put the ranch dressing on your plate instead of dipping the wing.

The safest way to watch the Super Bowl is at home with the people who live with you. Also, consider hosting a virtual Super Bowl watch party.

“We are encouraging everyone to put parties on the bench for this year and watch with just your own household members,” said Dr. Barrueto.

More information is available on the CDC website:

About University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health includes the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and the Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center on its Bel Air campus. Most recently, it opened The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center in Bel Air offering services for behavioral health. The Senator Bob Hooper House in Forest Hill is an assisted living facility that specializes in hospice. The University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital has been operating in the community for over a century and is located in Havre de Grace. The leading health care system and largest private employer in Harford County, UM Upper Chesapeake Health offers a broad range of health care services, specialty care, technology and facilities to the residents of northeastern Maryland. Visit for more information.

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