If you’re heading out to a Super Bowl party, you may want to skip the dip. People who double dip at parties during flu season appear to be spreading the influenza virus. Although this year’s flu season is predicted to be a relatively mild one, a Tulane University study published in the American Journal of Health Economics found that cities who had teams in the Super Bowl typically see an 18% rise in flu transmissions and an increase in flu deaths in the high risk over age 65 populations. The study found that fans whose teams are in the game are more likely to attend a party and crowd into small bars, living rooms or other close quarters, prime settings for transmitting the virus. The study also found the same does not hold true for the city hosting the Super Bowl, as the game is usually played in warmer climates in an environment less favorable to flu transmission.
Super Bowl Sunday is a big party day even when you’re not all that interested in the game. Food is a huge part of Super Bowl celebrations and people often bring dishes to share. Touching serving utensils that are used by everyone can also help to spread the virus, so frequent hand washing is essential. And watch how you handle those chips and dips. Double dipping is a serious no-no, but it’s not only the double dipping that spreads the flu virus, it’s the close contact at the height of flu season. Coughing, sneezing, talking, cheering in support or shouting in frustration can spread the flu virus to others up to 6 feet away.
You may come home disappointed if your team doesn’t win, but you definitely don’t want to come home with the flu. To help prevent getting or spreading the flu, practice good hygiene and be mindful of others.
- The flu is highly contagious and can be spread beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to 7 days after becoming sick
- If you are sick, do yourself and everyone else a favor and watch the game at home
- The best preventative is frequent hand washing with lots of soap and water
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer
- To avoid spreading the virus, completely cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze and wash your hands afterward
- Avoid touching your face during flu season
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Super Bowl celebrations spread the flu, according to Tulane Researchers. http://tulane.edu/news/links/super-bowl-celebrations-spread-flu.cfm
Skip the dip! Super Bowl team cities see spike in flu deaths. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150130092707.htm
Your Team Made the Super Bowl? Better Get a Flu Shot. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/02/upshot/super-bowl-denver-broncos-carolina-panthers-flu.html?_r=0