Flu activity widespread during Super Bowl 52

Super Bowl 52 will bring tens of thousands of people to U.S. Bank Stadium during one of the worst flu seasons in nearly a decade.

MINNEAPOLIS - Tens of thousands of people will pack into U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday for Super Bowl 52. It's one of the biggest events during one of the worst flu seasons in nearly a decade.

Despite battling the flu, Pink performed at Nomadic Live at the Armory in Minneapolis Friday night. She also still plans on singing the national anthem at Sunday's game.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu is widespread in nearly every state, including Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said for Super Bowl visitors, the risk of getting the flu here is not that different from the risk of getting it in their home city—especially if they were to go to the mall or some other crowded place.

But considering fans will be in close proximity with a lot of other people, it will increase their chances of picking up any infectious disease. MDH is reminding people to wash their hands, cover their coughs and sneezes and stay home if they're ill.

Hand sanitizer dispensers can be found in different venues, like the Super Bowl Experience. According to MDH, Super Bowl vendors and venue operators have been instructed to wipe down and sanitize surfaces and shared objects as often as they can.

The Metro Health and Medical Preparedness Coalition is keeping a close eye on hospital bed capacity and if bed availability falls below a certain level, MDH said it has routine plans in place that would be activated to make more beds available.

Metro Transit Spokesperson Howie Padilla said crews will be cleaning their trains and buses as they normally do. Based on predictions, Metro Transit has capped numbers for fans getting to and from U.S. Bank Stadium at 15,000 for Mall of America and 5,000 at Stadium Village.