Super Bowl cities that have teams in the final are at a greater risk of contracting the flu and even dying of a cold.
Citizens of Carolina and Denver have to be careful on the occasion of the Super Bowl. Congratulations on your teams making it to the final! Of course you’re planning great parties where you will all gather to watch the game on your big screen TVs and eat and enjoy. While you are doing that, you are at risk of catching the flu.
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That’s right! According to research conducted at Tulane University, each year, cities with teams in the Super Bowl see a rise in deaths caused by the flu. The study was published in the American Journal of Health Economics.
The researchers led by Charles Stoecker, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Global Health Management and Policy at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, analyzed county-level statistics from the year 1974 to 2009.
The analysis proved that having a team in the Super Bowl led to an 18 percent increase in deaths from the flu among adults over 65 years old. People over this age are more vulnerable to serious complications from the flu.
According to Stoecker, everyone is going to these parties and meeting people that they have never met before. There’s a lot of unintentional touching and multiple dunks in the dips and claps and high fives.
These huge parties are a golden chance for the flu virus to be transmitted to all party guests including those people who are over 65.
The research also found that there was no spread of flu in the city where the Super Bowl final is hosted. The reason behind this is that the cities hosting the event are usually in warmer regions of the country and do not propagate the flu virus that well. In colder regions however, the flu virus is at its peak in the Super Bowl season and gets transferred easily.
The researchers have advised the citizens to take all necessary precautions this season to save themselves from the flu including getting shots and washing their hands regularly after sneezing.
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The introduction of small bowls in which your guests could serve themselves dip individually without contaminating the entire bowl would also be a good idea.