A Guide to Intimacy During the Coronavirus Outbreak
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by Covid-19 Health Resource Center | 4.2.20
Wondering whether it's safe to have sex during the coronavirus pandemic? Here's what you need to know about intimacy and social distancing.
Is COVID-19 sexually transmissible?
Here's the problem: While COVID-19 has not (yet) been found in semen or vaginal fluid, it does spread through direct contact with saliva, mucus, and "respiratory droplets." Meaning: If you plan on kissing during intercourse, you could catch - or spread - coronavirus.
What about other forms of sexual activity?
Based on current research, anal sex and oral sex seem unlikely to pose a significant risk of transmitting coronavirus.
Coronavirus has, however, been found in feces, which is why the New York City Dept. of Health advised against:
"Rimming (mouth on anus) might spread COVID-19. Virus in feces may enter your mouth."
What about sex with new partners?
Not a great idea. There's a risk of passing along the virus, and some people who are carriers of the virus don't show symptoms.
Focus, for now, on finding partners rather than meeting with them in person.
What about sexual toys and aids?
If you're using them alone, they're unlikely to be a method of transmission. However, as the virus may stay active on some surfaces for up to three days, make sure they're appropriately cleaned.
Note: Do not use hand sanitizer to clean your toys. It can irritate the vagina, penis, and rectum.
As NYC Dept. of Health advises:
"You are your safest sex partner. Masturbation will not spread COVID-19, especially if you wash your hands (and any sex toys) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after sex."
What if I make my living by having sex?
You really need to practice social distancing. Consider video dates, sexting, app-controlled sex toys, and phone sex.
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