Coronavirus and sex: what to do and what not to do

9 Jul 2020

In the historical context in which we find ourselves, we need to be more informed than ever about the relationship between sex and the pandemic. Similarly, it is necessary to prevent myths and “fake news” in a complicated social environment.

Given the common modes of transmission of respiratory viruses, the practice of certain types of sexual activity can spread the virus. However, it is not realistic to expect people to refrain from having sex while isolated.

In the current situation, since sex is not a priority topic of discussion, false information circulates quite easily. People may unintentionally worsen the spread of the virus if they don’t take the necessary precautions.

Sex and covid-19

Can the coronavirus be transmitted sexually? The answer is simple: it is not known. So far, the competent authorities have not submitted any proven research, official communication or scientific report.

Sexually transmitting the virus and receiving it from our sexual partner are two different things. The first case involves transmission through sexual contact and the exchange of body fluids, for example through vaginal, oral, and anal sex. The second case refers to the transmission that can occur, among other things, when couples kiss.

A spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO), Christian Lindmeier, told the New York Times that coronaviruses are generally not sexually transmitted. In the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are seven types of coronaviruses, and all of them commonly exert their effects on the respiratory tract in humans. Other infectious disease experts support these observations. However, the coronavirus does not only affect the respiratory tract. In fact, some traces have been found in the feces of infected patients. However, the CDC estimates that the risk of transmission over this route is low. The new coronavirus is transmitted by droplets expelled by infected people when they exhale, cough, or sneeze. People around you become infected by inhaling these drops or by touching them on a surface and then touching your face. Therefore, the chances of contracting the virus through sexual activities with an infected person are very high.

Does isolation require abstinence?

When it comes to sexual behavior, the variety is highly appreciated. While it’s almost impossible to ask people not to have sex, it can be helpful to suggest helpful little tips.

Since you can contract the virus without showing symptoms, the only sure way to find out if you or your partner is infected is to get tested. On the other hand, if you or your partner have no symptoms and have stayed home, sex shouldn’t be a problem.

We can help control the Covid-19 pandemic by taking some precautions. We can also learn to do things differently in times of withdrawal. Here are some general recommendations to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.

8 Tips for safe sex

First, wash your hands for at least twenty seconds with soap and warm water before doing anything, but also after any activity.

What if the isolation could be like a new preliminary? Data indicates that in Japan, women wear face masks to enhance their charm by hiding their faces when they are not wearing makeup. However, a study on this topic has shown that, for some people, facial masks reduce the attractiveness of the face.

You can further reduce the risk of infection by using a condom or latex gloves.

The acts associated with sexual intimacy can have as many variations and alternatives as the imagination allows. Instead of kissing and having sex, try erotic massages, chat rooms, and mutual masturbation, watch erotic videos or materials, see how your partner is having fun, etc.

Sexual practices involving the mouth and anus such as so-called rimming should be completely excluded.

Listening to your partner is essential, especially if you are not feeling well or do not want to engage in sexual activities. As for singles, keep in mind that just like companies suffering from forced unemployment, it’s time to take a break and get creative.

This is not the right time to schedule a Tinder date or expose yourself to unnecessary risk with new partners. If there really is chemistry, they will wait. However, if you have already contacted other people, this is a good excuse to get to know yourself a little better.

Stay informed. The new coronavirus should not be taken lightly. Thousands of people around the world have already been killed. We can all help prevent the spread and keep people at risk safe.

If governments, scientists, and all human beings make the right efforts and are patient enough, we will overcome this pandemic and retake our lives again. Maybe then we can go back to our “craziest” practices.