Super Bowl-influenza link is nothing to sneeze at

Deaths from complications of influenza are 18 percent higher among elderly in cities that send football teams to participate in the Super Bowl, according to a new published working paper by Louisiana’s Tulane University researchers based on 36 years of statistical records. Not only do some 100,000 people from all parts of the US – some of them infected with the flu virus – converge on one stadium, but others gather to attend crowded parties in their own locations to celebrate – or mourn – the results of the game.


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