Super Bowl Parties and COVID-19 Risk: Russo Advises

Updated February 4, 2021

For many people, gathering together with friends and family to watch the Super Bowl is an annual tradition. But in the middle of a global pandemic, it is not recommended. “There is a significant risk to hosting or attending a Super Bowl party,” says Thomas A. Russo, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases. “People are going to be indoors — that alone is a significant risk — food and drink is going to be going on, masks are going to be down while people eat, everyone will be excited and yelling … and that’s happening for four-plus hours,” he says. The safest thing to do, Russo says, is to “stay within your household and social bubble.”