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Be safe and smart for Super Bowl

We can still watch the Super Bowl with friends and extended family on Sunday, even during the COVID-19 pandemic — we just have to do it with everyone at their own home.

Many of us would be conversing with our friends anyway by social media, text or phone. Do it that way.

Here’s what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends for your virtual Super Bowl watch party (guidelines echoed Friday by Franklin County Public Health):

¯ “Wear clothing or decorate your home with your favorite team’s logo or colors.”

¯ “Make appetizers or snacks with the people you live with to enjoy while watching the game and share the recipes with your friends and family.”

¯ “Start a text group with other fans to chat about the game while watching.”

Sending your friends photos of your team clothing and your football feast would be another fun way to celebrate.

Alternatively, the CDC suggests holding an outdoor viewing party, on a projector screen with people sitting 6 feet apart. That’s a little less feasible in an Adirondack winter than for folks in Florida or Arizona, but hey, if you want to give it a shot, go for it — and while you’re at it, email a photo of your outdoor party to us at news@adirondackdailyenterprise.com, so we can share it with the community.

The biggest challenge is going to be for people who don’t have television and would normally go to a friend or family member’s home to watch the big game. That’s tough. We hope a creative solution can be found, but in the end, it’s better to miss the action than to catch the coronavirus.

The COVID-19 threat is as serious as ever. January was the pandemic’s deadliest month yet, both nationally and globally. The U.S. now has more than 450,000 COVID-19 deaths, and planet Earth has more than 2.25 million. Vaccinations have begun but are not very far along.

We all want to see what could be an epic clash between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — especially the quarterback contest between the phenomenal young Patrick Mahomes and legendary veteran Tom Brady. Just remember that a Super Bowl party should be a good time, not something we regret later.

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