COVID-19: How to practice safe sex
During this pandemic, to actively engage in social distancing with your significant other, that you share house and bed with, is almost an impossible task.
There are no patterns that indicate sexual transmission, as this is primarily spread through respiratory secretions which include droplets that exit a person’s mouth from coughing, or sneezing because secretions from an infected person can carry the virus. Touching contaminated surfaces is also thought to be the secondary mode of transmission.
Transmission of coronavirus cannot be through vaginal or anal intercourse. Because kissing is a very common practice during sexual intercourse, the virus can be transmitted via saliva. Avoiding it altogether seems pretty harsh.
There is also evidence of oral-fecal transmission of the Covid-19 which implies that anglings may represent a risk for infection.
It’s advisable to steer clear of each other as much as possible. If any of you is a confirmed case, isolate yourself ideally for two weeks after the illness began. You need to have had no fever for 72 hours, without using ibuprofen or anything that would mask your fever and your respiratory symptoms should be improving.
But for partners who don’t have symptoms, no recent likely exposure and have been staying close to home, if it’s within your own household, then it will be a different ball game especially if you live with a regular sexual partner. With no symptoms or likely exposure, sex might actually be a really great way to have fun, stay connected, and relieve anxiety during this potentially stressful time.
Sexual intercourse may wane down during the next few weeks but other forms of expressing eroticism, such as sexting, video-calls, reading erotica, and masturbation will continue to be options. Nobody knows how long this pandemic will last. For those who are single and do not want to wait weeks/months before they can be intimate with someone, and concerned about practicing social distancing for too long, be sure that you and the people you know, practice social distancing now. The sooner we did it, the sooner we’ll see a fall in new infections. Instead of focusing on the future, you need to actually focus on the present.
Take advantage of the holidays to explore yourself, channel your energy or think about what it is that you’re looking for, all these you can do by yourself. It can be a great opportunity to explore other ways of engaging with new sexual partners that you can meet online by texting, or using video calls. Note that one is not supposed to touch their faces in these corona virus-riddled times, below are some highlights:
*Dating doesn’t necessary have to stop, just exercise reasonable caution and avoid going on dates if you’re feeling sick or experiencing symptoms. This is a normal thing you should be doing regardless of whether or not there’s a viral outbreak. The recommendation right now is to limit your interaction, keep some form of physical distance of about 2meters from other people, and this would definitely make sex a challenge.
*Using dating app, hiring sex worker or other forms of connecting with strangers to pass time in quarantine is not recommended unless it is virtual. Whereas video dating and dropping into chat rooms are approved, alternative options to hooking up somebody outside your self-isolation zone.
I assume we’re all thoroughly turned off at this point and probably never want to have sex again — corona virus or not. But just in case you do, never try to corona-proof your genitals with hand sanitizer especially as it is not a lubricant.
“The official guidance issued by the NHS and other health bodies, tells us to avoid contact with those who have been infected. More liberal alternative is for one to exercise extra caution when it has to do with making out with anyone who recently travelled to, or through an area with a high number of cases or anyone who is quarantined and waiting to be infected- is certainly not advised.
“While there isn’t any evidence that bodily fluids like sperm and vaginal secretion can pass on corona virus, it’s always a good idea to practice safe sex and use a condom to help protect from sexually transmitted infections, as well as accidental pregnancy.”Corona virus ‘may cause damage to men’s testicles,’’ doctors warn. As such, it may be worth it to consider a few precautions to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission, ‘’the goal is to ensure we don’t get a huge spike in cases that completely overwhelm healthcare systems.”
NHS advices that all should wash hands properly amid outbreak, avoid sex if you have any symptoms or if your partner have any symptoms, it’s probably wise to avoid any sexual contact. ‘’However, keep in mind that this virus can potentially be spread even when people aren’t experiencing symptoms.”Explore alternative forms of sexual expression with your lover during the pandemic without posing any risk of infection of covid-19.
Other sources have offered some basic protective measures people can take when they’re feeling the urge, “You are your safest sex partner. ‘’Here are some other basic guidelines to follow if you’re feeling frisky:
“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.” In fact, getting intimate with a monogamous partner is highly encouraged. “If you live with a regular sexual partner, and you don’t have any symptoms, or likely exposure, sex might actually be a really great way to have fun, stay connected and relieve anxiety during this potentially stressful time,” Dr. Julia Marcus, an infectious disease epidemiologist and professor in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School says.
In case you are worried that your partner might be a carrier, but is not showing any signs, it will be better to postpone any sex session until you know his health status.