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Health Officials: Tampa Super Bowl Celebration Not A Virus Super Spreader

Turns out Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl celebration wasn’t a COVID-19 super spreader after all.

Per Hillsborough (Fla.) County health officials, fans partying in the streets only resulted in a slight uptick in cases. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in Super Bowl LV, which led to the celebrations.

“Fifty-three COVID-19 cases statewide were found to be associated with official Super Bowl events, Michael Wiese, chief epidemiologist at the county health department, said in a live interview,” reported the Tampa Tribune. “Four were found outside the state.”

Two weeks after the celebration, data revealed that cases were actually down in Hillsborough County overall.

As expected, most of the mainstream media peddled fear during the party, with one CNN reporter even wearing two masks to document the Super Bowl celebration. But aside from the Tampa Tribune, there has been little mention that all the partying resulted in very little spreading of the virus.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. Really curious how differently this would have played out if Trump went full coronabro at the beginning and endorsed masks and capacity limits at certain places. Could have tried reverse psychology, but not go too far towards lockdowns to where he lost some of his base. Wonder what the “media” would be writing about

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