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Doctor warns against gatherings for NFC Championship

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1-24 Packers Buccaneers NFC Championship

(WKOW) -- This weekend, all eyes will be on the Green Bay Packers as they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a spot in the Super Bowl.

Health officials want Wisconsinites to keep COVID safety in mind while watching the matchup.

Doctors know the game is a big deal and they don't want to downplay that, but they also don't want people to forget that we're in the middle of a pandemic.

UW Health Chief Quality Officer Dr. Jeff Pothof tells 27 News that even though Wisconsin is seeing a decrease in case numbers and hospitalizations, we still have a long way to go before things are back to normal.

"I think it's human nature to start thinking we're wrapping this up - 2 minute warning, we're up by two touchdowns and we can just take a knee and do what we want," said Dr. Pothof. "That's not the case yet. We still have a lot of COVID in our communities. We have people still getting sick."

Dr. Pothof recommends alternative ways of enjoying the game with others without gathering in person.

"It's easy to heckle your friends about the play or criticize the ref on zoom, or on facetime, even with a phone call. The technology gives us some interesting advantages," Dr. Pothof continued. "If you have friends down in Florida, you can connect with them and watch the game with them. Usually we can't do that."

Dr. Pothof is reminding people to have a good time but in a safe way.

"What we don't want is to have anyone sick for what's got to be a Packers Superbowl in a couple weeks."

Emily Friese

27 News Producer

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