Despite vaccine rollouts starting around the world, many countries are still in the grip of deadly second and even third waves of the Covid-19 pandemic.
So, sensibly enough, governments are publishing useful advice about how to manage everyday actives – such as shopping, specialising… and sex.
In New South Wales, Australia, the state government is offering advice on how to reduce the chance of catching or passing on the Covid virus while having sex.
The website suggests that it’s unlikely that coronavirus could be sexually transmitted – saying: “While one study from China did find traces of Covid-19 in semen, there is currently no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 can be passed on through semen or vaginal fluids.”
However, the NSW experts note that it’s still possible to transmit the virus while having sex: ”What we do know for sure is that Covid-19 is transmitted via respiratory droplets (saliva, snot … basically anything that sprays out of your mouth or nose).
"And having sex without sharing respiratory droplets is pretty hard (and probably not that much fun!)."
So one of their top tips is for couples to remain 1.5 metres (nearly 5 feet) apart while having sex. Which takes some doing.
Which is probably why they follow up that suggestion with a reminder that “the safest form of sex during COVID-19 is solo sex.”
If people must have sex with others, the site recommends that they avoid kissing and use dental dams during oral sex.
Another suggestion is to wear a “three-layer mask to cover your nose and mouth if you can” during sex. Lovers are also reminded to “wash sex toys before and after use”.
The advice didn’t go down well with everyone. One NSW native, named Jennifer, said: “What has the world come to? Encouraging sexting? Mutual Masturbation? This is what our tax $$$ are spent on? Government employees have written this. It is stupid and appalling.
“We are warned about the dangers of sexting and people can now sue someone who spreads any sexting video, yet now we have government employees encouraging it. Who are these idiots????? And they're targeting it at young people. Just sick.”
One Aussie MP, speaking anonymously to the Daily Telegraph, warned that the suggestions to “take the fun online” or embrace video chats could increase the risk of someone having intimate photos or videos secretly recorded.
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