Super Bowl weekend is approaching but the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on, causing the nation's leading infectious disease expert to issue a warning.

Dr. Anothony Fauci told NBC's TODAY it is best to take it easy for the big game this year, as he does not want the Super Bowl to promote unsafe gatherings that could spread COVID-19.

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Just lay low and cool it. Dr. Anthony Fauci 

Fauci is now warning against inviting people over from outside their bubbles and encouraging fans to watch the game with those in their immediate household.

"Every time we do have something like this, there always is a spike, be it a holiday, Christmas, New Year's, Thanksgiving," Fauci told TODAY, "As you mentioned, Super Bowl is a big deal in the United States." 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also issued a similar warning against gathering in-person for the Super Bowl and said watching the game with friends virtually or just with the people you live with is the safest way to do it.

The NFL is doing their part in making the Super Bowl a pandemic-friendly event, as in-person attendance has been greatly reduced to just 22,000 people, 7,500 of which are vaccinated health care workers.