JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs shared some advice this week about how fans should handle college football games in the midst of the COVID pandemic.
His advice came just days before Ole Miss and Mississippi State hold home games Saturday — the first of the season for the Rebels, the second for the Bulldogs.
"The risk of transmission in an outdoor environment is probably pretty limited," said Dobbs during a Wednesday news conference on the coronavirus. "Can it happen? Yes, it can. We haven't seen big outbreaks."
He said there is still a risk in going and people who are older or who have a weakened immune system may not want to go.
Dobbs told reporters the key if you are going is to take care of yourself.
"Be vaccinated, be careful, wear a mask when you're indoors around other folks," added Dobbs.
He also advised social distancing to lower your chances of getting the virus.
"For heaven's sake, please wear a mask when you leave your seat to go to the concession stand or when you're crowded trying to get in or out of the stadium. We can still see transmission, and there still are vulnerabilities there," said Dobbs.