Limited-Seating Football Games Don’t Seem to Spread COVID: Study

Football games with some fans in the stands may not be the super spreader events they were once feared to be.

An analysis of National Football League (NFL) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) games found no substantial increase in local COVID-19 cases at those with limited attendance.

Study co-author Jagpreet Chhatwal, associate director of the MGH Institute for Technology Assessment, said the findings can inform fan attendance policies for the 2021 football season.

“In-person attendance can be safe as long as social distancing is maintained,” he said. “Though we have COVID-19 vaccines in 2021, we need to remind ourselves that not everyone is vaccinated, and vaccines are not 100% effective.”

So, before you head to the stadium, remember to pack a face covering. And, experts recommend, when you take your seat, be sure it’s covering your nose and mouth.

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