Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

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By Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACP, Health Officer County of Santa Barbara, Department of Public Health

Gatherings are the most prevalent way people get COVID-19 and “super-spreader” holidays and events have often proven deadly. This weekend, please don’t let the Super Bowl become a Super Spreader event in our community! 

Best practices dictate that we gather only with those in our immediate household, but if you are having a small gathering, hold it outdoors and limit to members from three households. Practice physical distancing and mask wearing and limit the time together to two hours.

Restaurants and other businesses are working hard to follow all the State protocols with outdoor dining. When you dine out, please maintain a safe distance from others and wear your mask when not eating or drinking.

No one wants to go back to the State’s stricter Stay at Home Order. Let’s keep moving forward so our schools can open again safely and our businesses can continue to stay open.

Please adhere to these guidelines:

  • If the Super Bowl is on while you’re enjoying an outdoor meal, keep your distance from others while watching.
  • While safest to gather only with those in your immediate household, if you are having a small gathering, hold it outdoors with no more than three households, practice physical distancing and mask wearing, and limit the time together to two hours.
  • Wear a mask whenever you leave your home.
  • Stay at least six feet apart from those outside your household.
  • Stay home is you are sick.

We are almost there Santa Barbara County, let’s keep practicing our safety precautions!

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Chip of SB Feb 05, 2021 11:15 AM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

It’s going to take some time to get used to this new normal, but remember that its for your own good. Do what they tell you, and don’t ask questions. No more celebrations, no more museums, no more concerts, and absolutely no more super bowl parties. If your job is not essential, you should start training for a new career that is essential. You will never be allowed to go into public buildings and spaces without a mask again. Hugs and handshakes have been relegated to history. If you thought the vaccines would bring us back to the old normal, they won’t. As new strains of the virus develop, the vaccines will quickly diminish in effectiveness and we will be back to square one. Don’t worry, after another year or two of masking and social isolation, you will get used to living without the in person interaction we had become accustomed to in years past. Our new lifestyle of isolation will come more easily for the younger generations since they will have no memory of how we used to live.

a-1612555544 Feb 05, 2021 12:05 PM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

I don't think you understand the severity of the pandemic.
Do you think 458,000 deaths in the USA alone are faked?
International death totals are somehow being falsified?
Other countries are in on the conspiracy?
Too little thinking behind such a comment.

Chip of SB Feb 05, 2021 12:39 PM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

That’s not what I said at all. Just pointing out that once you get your vaccine, the authorities will continue to require you to wear your mask and stay socially isolated. We are never going back to the way it was. You will accept it and get used to it after a few more years.

a-1612559486 Feb 05, 2021 01:11 PM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

Wearing a mask and staying physically distanced will indeed be a good policy for many months to come.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210203-why-vaccinated-people-may-still-be-able-to-spread-covid-19

dukemunson Feb 05, 2021 01:52 PM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

Years... maybe forever in fact! At least in California that is... most of the rest of the country have schools open and life goes on. We’ve punted on 2nd down... given up!

sacjon Feb 05, 2021 02:14 PM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

DUKE - just got word from GUSD that they are now thinking of how to re-open. In fact, they've ONCE AGAIN, started asking parents what they want - hybrid, 1/2 hybrid, blah blah blah and have announced, once the numbers go down enough, THEN they will re-ask the parents and allow them to update their requests, (1 week), THEN "Update Staff" (1 more week), THEN "Notify parents and staff" (TWO WEEKS)..... FOUR GD WEEKS to re-open once the numbers are down to being "Acceptable." FOUR WEEKS of asking us again, what we want, and updating staff. It is F*&(&ing ABSURD now! We all said what we wanted back in the fall, stick with it and freaking do it! The way they are going, we'll be lucky to have the last week of school in June in-person, but only for TWO HOURS a day.

San Francisco City just sued their own school district for lagging.... just saying.....

dukemunson Feb 05, 2021 02:18 PM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

It’s why august is when we will reopen. GUSD is a joke. When they get the green light it will take a month of talking and planning and then a month to implement. They can’t function in any real tangible capacity. They “feel” everything... and accomplish nothing...

sacjon Feb 05, 2021 02:32 PM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

DUKE - I'm devastated to say you might be right. Might take a letter to the City Attorney. If SF is suing its own school district, maybe that will light some fire under their butts. It's not like the teachers are working hard now. These zoom classes are an absolute joke. The have plenty of time to get this in place NOW.

Chip of SB Feb 05, 2021 03:02 PM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

I think the focus on re-opening schools for in person learning is misplaced. I think at this point we need to work on re-imagining what school is. We can never go back to the way it was, but we can help build a brighter future by developing a better virtual school system. In person is over, we need to adapt by developing our new virtual society to keep everyone safely isolated at home.

dukemunson Feb 05, 2021 06:03 PM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

school needs to start ASAP... it’s a sick joke that it hasn’t already. Yeah let’s make some improvements and changes to school (9am start please!!!) but let’s start in March!!! I realize that’s not gonna happen, but schools have to restart in august... every other country realized schools were essential and stayed open (or quickly reopened). We’ve already stolen a full year of school from these kids... but hooray... we re-elected the school board in November so, hey... we may stay virtual beyond august!

LooseCannon Feb 05, 2021 06:55 PM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

CHIP OF SB,

I am assuming this is some kind of dystopian Swiftian satire you are outlining. For me, a world in which hugs and handshakes are a thing of the past is a life not worth living. Fortunately, there is a vaccine (several of them), so I don't share your boy-in-a-bubble pessimism. I think this once-in-a-century pandemic will pass and we will resume life as we knew it.

If it's one thing I've learned over the past year, reading these boards on edhat has taught me that the contributors here are completely unrepresentative of the people in the Santa Barbara community, who are trying to go about their daily lives rationally and with as much normality as possible.

Let's get people vaccinated quickly and efficiently. That's how we're going to end this nightmare.

dukemunson Feb 06, 2021 06:50 AM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

Sac - fun article about the sf school district. They might never restart... but at least they voted to immediately change the name of all their racist schools! No more online Lincoln high school!!!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/01/29/sanfrancisco-schoolnames-racist-rename/

dukemunson Feb 06, 2021 08:21 AM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

I gotta copy and paste a few of their explanations for each school as they are too good (and some edhatters are anti link click):

Longfellow Elementary School — Referring to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the spreadsheet says: “He wrote poems & prose with stereotypes of nonwhite people”

John Muir Elementary School — Referring to naturalist John Muir, the spreadsheet says, “Racist and responsible for theft of Native lands"

a-1612636523 Feb 06, 2021 10:35 AM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

8:28 AM - Your comment is not simply ignorant; it is dangerously ignorant. SARS-C0V-2 is much more infectious than influenza, so measures to prevent COVID have greatly reduced influenza transmission. Also, COVID is much more deadly. And how could anyone be so gullible as to think over 460,000 deaths is anything close to the usual annual death toll from influenza?

https://healthfeedback.org/claimreview/the-lethality-of-covid-19-is-much-higher-than-the-flu-the-biden-press-corps-didnt-say-covid-19-was-a-hoax/

chico berkeley Feb 06, 2021 10:38 AM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

Chip-I said the same things a year ago and everyone had the same responses then and now and yep people die.
Don't go looking for free or logical thinkers here as evidenced by the amount of downvotes vs. up.
Gullible people won't see the truth because it does not fit their narrative.

chico berkeley Feb 06, 2021 10:46 AM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

No one ever said they are faked.
There just isn't much you can do about it so stop letting this thing control your lives.
Masks,2x masks.Why not an entire head or body covering?
People really are to stoned to figure out what is going on so they comply.
Change in Federal law coming your way.
The whole country will stay high and forget in a year or two how nice civilization used to be.
I used to find myself wishing for the 80's or 90's,but now I'll just take 2015.

letmego Feb 06, 2021 03:40 PM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

What the school districts really should do right now is be prepared. How long after we hit the magic number for elementary schools to get a waiver (<25?) can we open. It's not 3 weeks anymore, I don't think. A week? The elementary districts should simply say that one week after we are eligible to open with a waiver, we will open with a waiver. Please make your selection NOW. (As far as I know, SBUSD is going with whatever we said in December). That means if you want to say remote, you are getting a new teacher with one week's notice.

For high schools, we have a lot longer until we get into the red zone. I can only hope that within the next month the state will loosen the rules to match elementary. If not, same deal. We all voted on whether we wanted hybrid or full remote, and we all put in our preference for Mon/Thu or Tue/Fri. A week after we are in the red, we open.

But to be honest, I'm over it. I stopped writing to the school board members. I stopped going to the school board and PTA meetings. For the most part, I avoid the wankers on FB complaining about what the district didn't do in Oct/Nov (it's all water under the bridge...we can't change it, we can only move forward with the current rules. You don't like it, complain to the Governor...that's where the change has to come from.) I'm over getting my hopes up for return to school this year, for getting vaccinated before summer, for traveling anywhere for the next year.

Bene Feb 06, 2021 06:34 PM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

Whether California "opens up" or not, California has problems many other states do not. Not to say "super spreader" events should not be avoided and are not the largest cause of infection, but the virus spreads quite easily in homes and neighborhoods as well. The virus is easier to avoid when people don't live as densely packed as many coastal CA cities. I'm sure more infections happen to people who live in apartments or in homes with neighbors too close and too plentiful than to people who have the means to live in single family homes with large space around them. This kind of inequity cannot be changed by politics or protests. The solutions offered by activists are all centered around making more dense housing and "tiny homes." There is a limit to the space available for more spacious living. Personally, moving to a state with ample space looks like a great idea right now.

a-1612557444 Feb 05, 2021 12:37 PM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

Instead of complaining about policies to protect public health, here's why you want to continue mask wearing and physical distancing after being vaccinated, until a significant proportion of the population has also been vaccinated:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210203-why-vaccinated-people-may-still-be-able-to-spread-covid-19

https://healthfeedback.org/claimreview/the-lethality-of-covid-19-is-much-higher-than-the-flu-the-biden-press-corps-didnt-say-covid-19-was-a-hoax/

Ahchooo Feb 05, 2021 06:29 PM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

I plan to ignore the Super Bowl, but I always do. I’ve found it’s a good time to go shopping, as so many people are engaged at home or elsewhere.
Regarding schools opening, they really need to focus on ventilation and other safety measures. Health care workers, grocery workers and many others have found ways to minimize risk. Surely our school boards and teachers can figure out a way for young children to be at in-person school for a couple hours a day. How about the state provide teachers and kids with quality masks —KN95s, for example?

dukemunson Feb 05, 2021 06:34 PM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

Our school board can’t accomplish anything and the teachers union doesn’t want the kids back in class. We’re basically being held hostage! Friends with kids in private school (and friends in other states where schools barely even closed) are laughing at me... good thing they don’t see my edhat posts or they’d really be rubbing it in!!!

Luvaduck Feb 06, 2021 07:33 AM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

Not preventable with current enforcement: A large majority of those very willing to congregate are the same demographic that has played soccer league games at schools and public parks and has hung out with buddies al through this pandemic--as demographic statistics show.

dukemunson Feb 06, 2021 08:06 AM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

How harsh do you want to go Luv? Other states and countries have school, soccer and yeah buddies still open and available... so what’s your enforcement thought/plan? Big fines? Threat of imprisonment? How do we get people to stop? In Florida schools are open... water parks are open... Disneyland is open... sports are all open and happening. Germany understood schools had to be open for Scotty to function... We’ve simply lost track of reality here in SB.

Luvaduck Feb 06, 2021 08:52 AM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

I don't know what it would take for some to see what this is doing to businesses, families, old people: Analytic ability, social consciousness, concern for others one has or doesn't. Just pointing out the obvious: You saw the stats after the holidays, watch them after this event.

dukemunson Feb 06, 2021 09:24 AM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

So... a school district with 130,00 kids (so around 200k total individuals) had to quarantine 100... one hundred!!! And contact tracing showed it was all via home/family. That’s a spectacular link and argument for how desperately and immediately WE NEED to restart schools!

dukemunson Feb 06, 2021 09:26 AM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

Yeah... saw them... and I see the same stats with places that have school (and theme parks!) open ! We panicked and are truly (and repeatedly) shooting ourselves in the feet!

Voice of Reason Feb 06, 2021 09:30 AM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

Regarding that CNN article :“District officials said meticulous contact-tracing confirmed these positive cases were not transmitted at schools, but rather from individuals who are extended family members of those who stepped foot on the various campuses.“.

Duke, you know I’m with you. Lockdowns are a privilege of the elite / professional class that can work just fine from home while throwing children and working class right under the bus. To be nearly a year in with other states and countries managing the virus better the CA without closing schools, without destroying jobs, without a heavy handed government, its absolutely crazy to me the selfishness of those still promoting this approach. Above all, I now have an absolute disgust for the teachers unions and the politicians who bend the knee to them, sacrificing our children for their own gain. Disgusting.

sacjon Feb 08, 2021 09:29 AM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

LUVADUCK - is that "same demographic" the same one doing giant soccer clinics at Girsh almost daily during the fall, having giant parties every weekend in IV and surrounding areas, and now taking multi-family ski trips? Just curious if we were are talking about the same "demographic."

letmego Feb 08, 2021 11:44 AM
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SACJON, that's the demographic I'd be talking about. Same people complaining that their kids aren't in school are throwing parties for their kids, gathering without masks, and traveling together. Oh, and some of them have just given up and put their kids in private school. Yeah. Thanks.

PitMix Feb 08, 2021 07:31 AM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

Lots of parties in my neighborhood yesterday. We're going to be suffering from this for a while. How long until everyone in the world can get a vaccine and it stops spreading. 2 years?

Voice of Reason Feb 08, 2021 08:53 AM
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Good for your neighbors, they understand risk how to mitigate risk, they understand that with basic precautions they go about their lives without living in fear. Hopefully you let them be and keep your shaming to this anonymous board as there are many that don't believe isolating from friends and family for 11+ months is an acceptable response to covid.

PitMix Feb 08, 2021 09:04 AM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

Hopefully you will not be one of the 1.5% of the the people that die from it. Or the additional people that suffer long term effects. As for most of us, we are going to be cautious for a while. To spare the hospital workers any more distress if nothing else.

sacjon Feb 08, 2021 09:49 AM
Don't Let Super Bowl Weekend Become a Super Spreader

VOR - how do you know what Pit's neighbors were doing to "mitigate risk?" Having an unnecessary Superbowl party is the very opposite of understanding and mitigating risk. Now, if they were maybe outside, distanced and masked I would agree (as some of my neighbors were), but I think Pitmix would have mentioned that fact. No, you, like 420722 wherever he/she may be, take joy in proclaiming your rebellion against the rules, while at the same time professing to be a "voice of reason." It's laughable.

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