Millions of people will gather at parties this weekend to watch the big game. The American Red Cross has steps people can take to avoid getting sick if their plans include watching the big game at a party.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you stay home if you are sick. While it’s hard to miss the party, it’s better to avoid spreading illness.
WASH YOUR HANDS One of the most important steps to take to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands properly, especially after using the bathroom or when preparing food. For visibly soiled hands, first wash with soap and warm water. When using soap and water:
- Wash with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, covering the entire hand including fingernails and under jewelry.
- Rinse and dry thoroughly with a disposable towel.
- Use the towel to turn off the faucet.
If using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
- Rub thoroughly over the entire hand, including nail areas and between the fingers.
- Continue to rub until the product dries.
Other steps to avoid getting sick include:
- Hosts should use plastic cups or provide a way for people to identify their drinks. People shouldn’t let anyone else drink out of their glass.
- Give every dish a utensil for serving, including those snack dishes like nuts, pretzels, etc. This allows people to spoon out their portion instead of reaching in with their hands.
- Do not share food. Avoid anything that involves sticking your hands into a bowlful of food.
- Hosts should also make sure there is plenty of soap in the bathroom. Instead of a pretty hand towel, use disposable hand towels or a roll of paper towels.
- If you plan to host a party and someone in your household becomes ill, move your event to a different location.
- When greeting friends and family, avoid the usual kisses and handshakes.
- Study these food safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
- Celebrate game day safely – don’t drink and drive. Check out more safety information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
And finally, consider downloading the free Red Cross First Aid app or signing up for a CPR/AED/First Aid class to learn the skills and help when every moment matters. Choose whether you want to view the content in English or Spanish with an easy-to-find language selector. Find these and all of the Red Cross apps in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps. Find a class by visiting our website here.