Sex and Intimacy during the virus.
Sex and Coronavirus
With our civilians being told to stay home many Americans are asking about sex. It’s by no way unsurprising many couples and single people are wondering what coronavirus means for their sex lives. With this in mind, some of the most pressing questions are coming up about intimacy during the pandemic.
Is Covid-19 sexually transmissible?
From what I have read: It does not to seem to be a pattern that indicate sexual transmission. It’s primarily spread through respiratory droplets. And touching contaminated surfaces is thought to be the secondary mode of transmission.
According to Dr Carlos Rodríguez-Díaz: “ There is no evidence that the Covid-19 can be transmitted via either vaginal or anal intercourse. However, kissing is a very common practice during sexual intercourse, and the virus can be transmitted via saliva. Therefore, the virus can be transmitted by kissing. There is also evidence of oral-fecal transmission of the Covid-19 and that implies that analingus may represent a risk for infection.”
SO IS IT OKAY TO HAVE SEX?
He goes on to say "if you or your partner is a Covid-19 case, the advice is to steer clear of each other as much as possible But for people who don’t have symptoms and don’t have any recent likely exposure and have been staying close to home, I think that, if it’s within your own household, it’s a different story. 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 stress. “
What about new partners?
Sexual intercourse may decrease 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 for everyone.
We don’t know how long this pandemic will last. What do you say to someone who’s single now and doesn’t want to wait months before they can be intimate with someone?
Rodríguez-Díaz: If you’re concerned about practicing social distancing for too long, make sure that you and the people you know practice social distancing now. The sooner we do it, the sooner we’ll see a decline in new infections, and the sooner we will be able to change our practice of socializing. Rather than focusing on the future, we need to focus on the present.
Use these couple of weeks to channel your energy, explore yourself, maybe think about what it is that you’re looking for. And you can do that by yourself. It can be a great opportunity to explore other ways of engaging with new sexual partners that you can meet online by sexting or using video calls.
· Dr Carlos E Rodríguez-Díaz is a professor at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health