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Should you watch the Super Bowl with your friends?

Dr. Anthony Fauci wanted to remind everyone to watch the Super Bowl with their family

In this Jan. 17, 2021, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians, left, speaks with quarterback Tom Brady before the team’s NFL divisional round playoff football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. Dr. Anthony Fauci wanted to remind everyone to watch the Super Bowl with their family.
In this Jan. 17, 2021, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians, left, speaks with quarterback Tom Brady before the team’s NFL divisional round playoff football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. Dr. Anthony Fauci has reminded everyone to watch the Super Bowl with their family.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci issued a stark warning to Super Bowl fans ahead of the big game on Sunday — watch it with your family.

Similar to his warnings during the holiday season, Fauci told the “Today” show that it is important for people to watch Tom Brady chase his seventh Super Bowl ring with their own family.

  • “Watch the game and enjoy it, but do it with your family … people that are in your household,” he said.

Should you host large gatherings?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a number of warnings about gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • The lowest-risk events and gatherings include virtual-only events.
  • There’s more risk with “smaller outdoor and in-person gatherings in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear masks, do not share objects, and come from the same local area.”
  • Higher-risk events include those with medium-sized, in-person gatherings that “are adapted to allow individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and with attendees coming from outside the local area.”
  • But the highest risk events are those “large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside the local area.”

How do you watch the Super Bowl during COVID-19?

The CDC also issued tips on watching the Super Bowl during the pandemic.

  • “Gathering virtually or with the people you live with is the safest way to celebrate the Super Bowl this year. If you do have a small gathering with people who don’t live with you, outdoors is safer than indoors. This year, choose a safer way to enjoy the game.”

The CDC shared guidelines for how to host a virtual watch party. Those tips include:

  • Wearing something that represents your favorite team.
  • Make appetizers and snacks for people in your home.
  • Start a text group with people who are watching the game.

You can also attend an outdoor viewing party where you can be 6 feet apart from others, according to the CDC.

Who will Fauci cheer for?

Fauci would not comment on whether he was rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the big game.

“Oh, dear! I don’t want to go there,” he said.