Sex and Covid-19

Across the world, people are doing their part to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. We’re hunkering down, avoiding crowds, and keeping our distance.

What does all this mean for sex?

It’s important to know that the coronavirus can be spread through sexual activity! The virus has been found in saliva and feces. It can linger on surfaces, including fingertips, bedsheets, and sex toys. Scientists still aren’t sure whether it’s present in semen or vaginal fluids.

It can also be transmitted by people who don’t have symptoms yet.

Now, more than ever, safe sex should be a priority. Here are some tips:

Following these guidelines can be tough, but you can still be intimate with a partner and get some sexual release during the pandemic.

Also, be aware that coronavirus news changes rapidly. Be sure to stay on top of the situation in your community through your local health department.

Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“How to Protect Yourself”

(Page last reviewed: March 18, 2020)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

New York City Health Department

“Sex and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)”

(March 21, 2020)

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-sex-guidance.pdf

World Health Organization

“Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic”

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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