Pro party tips to remember if you’re hosting a ‘Big Game’ celebration

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Over 100 million people are expected to tune into the championship game between the Rams and the Patriots on Sunday.

If you’re planning to celebrate like a champ, there are some pro-tips to remember to keep you and your guests safe and germ-free, especially in the heart of flu season.

Rich Woodruff from the Red Cross joined us on Good Morning Utah to explain.


1. If you are sick or someone in your household is ill, bench yourself and stay home. And if you’re planning to host a party and get sick with the flu, cancel the party.

2. Avoid a penalty flag for unnecessary germ spreading by covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve. Don’t use your hands. Throw the tissues away and clean your hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes.

3. Call frequent time outs for handwashing. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

4. Pro players don’t share water bottles, so don’t let anyone else drink out of your glass, cup, can or bottle. Write names on the cups or mark them in some way to keep them separate and defend against mix ups.

5. Avoid a party foul. If the host has a big bowl of chips or nuts, use a spoon or tongs instead of plunging your hand into the bowl. Don’t “double dip.” Your teammates will award you extra points

6. If your team scores a touchdown or makes a big play, avoid the kisses or high fives with friends. Try an elbow bump or your own individual touchdown dance.

More information about how to help keep you and your loved ones protected from the flu can be found at

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