Health expert to attend football matches this weekend as COVID cases drop |

(WFSB) – The Super Bowl is this Sunday and millions of people will be watching.

As the COVID positivity rate continues to drop in Connecticut, Eyewitness News checked in with experts to see if it’s safe to gather for the major holidays.

“If I had to choose someone, I would probably choose the Rams,” said Antoine Simon of Vernon.

It’s that time of year again.

The Los Angeles Rams will face the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl 56.

Millions of Americans are gearing up to watch the big game and enjoy their favorite meals.

“I’m noticing more people are getting a lot of large bulk items to host Super Bowl parties,” said Dana Baio of Wethersfield.

Is it safe to gather for the holidays this year?

“I think people can certainly have their Super Bowl parties safely, but we’re by no means out of the woods at this point,” said Dr. Ulysses Wu, chief epidemiologist at Hartford HealthCare.

Wu says while it’s great that COVID numbers are going down, it’s all relative.

“There are still a lot of hospitalizations. There are still deaths every week, people are still being admitted to intensive care,” Wu said.

For those planning to get together, Wu recommends keeping things small.

“Size matters here. The number of people who are there. How well ventilated is this space, how big is the space,” Wu said.

If you are sick, do not go to a party or put others at risk.

“It will be cold on Sunday. If it was like today, you can open the windows, improve circulation. It’s going to decrease transmission but because it’s going to be cold, those windows are probably going to be closed,” Wu said.

It’s better if you’re vaccinated and boosted.

“Are we going to see a post-Super Bowl spike? I wouldn’t be surprised. I really wouldn’t. But per peak, I don’t think we’ll see another wave. But I think the numbers will go up a bit,” Wu said.

Wu shared his prediction for Sunday’s result: “Rams 27 Bengals 17. I want the Bengals to win but I think it will be 27-17.

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