No, this is not The Onion …
As part of its recommendations to avoid spreading Covid-19 when in small gatherings, the CDC is warning against "shouting, cheering loudly, or singing" as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.
The agency recommends to "clap, stomp your feet, or bring (or provide) hand-held noisemakers instead."
The nannies over at the CDC are also urging folks to view the game with others virtually or only with immediate family, even suggesting ways you can go about enjoying the game when avoiding other people …
From the CDC website (cringe warning …):
Host a virtual Super Bowl watch party.
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.
If you do gather outside your home for the game, it is recommenced to be outside and to "sit at least 6 feet away from people you don't live with."
And, of course, don't forget to double mask, as per the small gathering guidelines.
"Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19 to protect yourself and others," the agency's website reads.
The latest guidelines are reminiscent of those given in November when the CDC urged Americans to avoiding singing, chanting, playing loud music, and drinking too much alcohol during Thanksgiving.