To score the most points during football’s biggest game of the year on February 7, may mean scaling back your super Sunday plan. 

As COVID-19 vaccinations continue to be given around the country, it’s important to keep CDC guidelines in mind during your game day celebration; including masking, social distancing and frequent handwashing. 

HSHS St. John’s Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gurpreet Mander said even if you’ve already received the COVID-19 vaccine, it’s unknown if you could contract the virus and spread it to others.

“If you become exposed to the virus after you are vaccinated, your body knows what to do with the virus, so you don’t get sick or at least as severely ill. However, it is unknown if you can pass it to others while your immune system is working against the virus,” he said. “Now is not the time to become lax about the guidelines when we have come so far.”

Mander’s recommendation is to keep your football party small and limited to only those who live in your household since it is hard to stay masked while eating game day treats. Additional tips:

  • Opt for a more digital experience by watching the game together, virtually; Zoom is offering free football backgrounds for a limited time around February 7.
  • Keep hand sanitizer in common areas like the kitchen and living room.
  • While outside does allow for more social distancing, the extremely cold temperatures expected Sunday may make this option too dangerous in some areas.
  • Consider individual foods servings to avoid sharing utensils and passing dishes.
  • If serving drinks, consider pre-mixing a few cocktails and serving from a pitcher to avoid everyone handling the same ingredients and bottles.

Besides COVID-19 safety precautions, there are other things to keep in mind while celebrating on game day.

  • If you don’t feel well, stay home and away from others
  • Do not drink and drive; designate a sober driver if celebrating away from home 
  • Always wear your seatbelt when traveling
  • Be mindful of putting extra stress on your heart

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Erica Johnson

Division Director of Marketing & Communications
HSHS Illinois
Office: (217) 814-4307
Cell: (217) 303-6344

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