With the lockdown and quarantine imposed by governments in many countries due to the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, some might see this is as an opportunity to procreate to pass time.
The problem is the coronavirus makes sex a little more complicated.
Can you contract the coronavirus from sex?
The short answer is yes. Let’s elaborate more clearly.
“Any close proximity can transmit the virus and I don’t know there’s any way to have sex without being very close to the other person,” says a board-certified OB/GYN, gynecologic surgeon on the faculty at the Rush University Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, Nicole E. Williams, MD, .
According to the most recent statement by the WHO (World Health Organization) published on 29th March 2020, the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads in two ways.
Droplets from coughing and sneezing of an infected person that comes in contact with your mouth, nose, or eyes is the first way to get infected, which makes acts like intimate kissing very risky.
Physical contact with an object that carries the disease is the second way you can get infected. The problem is that condoms or sex-toys can carry the virus, making it also very risky.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the most important thing to be aware of is that people can have Covid-19 and not display any symptoms themselves while unknowingly spreading it to others. Your partner might be a carrier even if he or she looks healthy. These people are known as asymptomatic carriers.
Is oral or anal sex going to be a problem?
All sex acts are risky at this moment, not just penetrative sex. Dr. Williams explains“Thus far, we do not know if seminal or vaginal fluid transmits the virus but anything that includes close breathing, touching, kissing, and exchanging saliva or mucus can transmit the virus” .
According to a 2020 study published in Nature Reviews, some preliminary evidence shows that fecal matter can spread the coronavirus which means that anal sex is definitely a dicey move.
What if your partner has COVID-19?
Couples living and being quarantined together for extended periods of time who do not get intimate seems counterintuitive. “When you’re in a confined space with a partner and without the normal activities of daily life, it’s natural to expect an increase in sexual activity by proximity alone,” she says.
Being smart about the situation is better than expecting couples who live together to practice abstinence according to Dr. Williams. She goes on to explain that practicing good social distancing with other people to avoid bringing the coronavirus home is the best thing you can do for your sex life. This precautionary measure makes it safer for couples to make love.
Dr. Williams says it would be best to avoid sex if your partner show any of the nine symptoms of Covid-19, even if they appear healthy. “But if you do choose to have sex with them anyhow, it’s safe to assume you have been exposed as well,” she adds. The nine symptoms to look out for are – running a high fever, a runny nose, chills, coughing, running out of breath, myalgia (aches and pains), headaches, a sore throat and diarrhea. Some patients have complained of a loss of smell or taste.
Are hookups OK?
According to a survey done by Skyn, a condom manufacturer, dating and hookup apps, like Tinder, will be used even more during the pandemic given people have more time on their hands. (2,000 adults took part in this non-scientific survey.)
Passing the time by scrolling through profiles isn’t wrong according to Dr. Williams but swiping right for an in-person meet up will need a second thought and precaution. Remember, people who don’t show the symptoms of Covid-19 could still be carriers. They’re known as asymptomatic patients.
“I do not recommend hooking up at all. It’s not okay to have sex with someone you even suspect has the virus,” she says. “The goal of social distancing is to decrease the overall transmission to keep more people from getting sick and possibly dying.”
Video dates, sexting, or chat rooms should be considered instead for safety reasons.
Are extra precautions needed?
Following normal safe sex practices should be the norm. Medical practitioners foresee a corona baby boom due to extended lockdowns. Do use birth control methods if you do not have plans for a little one any time soon.
We do not know much about the coronavirus yet, as it has only emerged in the past few months. The same goes for knowing if the virus can be sexually transmitted. That being said, it is important to take precautions and make wise decisions on this intimate subject, especially during this challenging time.
15th May 19:48