As we continue to learn more about the novel coronavirus every day, a few things are made abundantly clear: our physical connection to others has changed, as well as our everyday lifestyle because of it. In addition to the physical precautions we take every day, the pandemic has spurred a new set of provisions when it comes to safe intercourse. The University of Maryland Medical System provides the facts and tips women should adhere to in order to practice safe sex during the pandemic.
Is it possible to get the coronavirus during intercourse?
Proven to be one of the most contagious and fast spreading diseases, COVID-19 has also been found to be more contagious than any STD. COVID-19 is primarily spread by air droplets through close interaction, and may also be transmitted through close, physical contact as well, such as touching or even shaking hands. According to the CDC and the University of Maryland, COVID-19 may also be transmitted through saliva, namely kissing, or through bodily fluids. While COVID-19 has been detected in semen before, there is no concrete evidence of any virus detection in vaginal fluids. These facts raise alarming precautions when it comes to intercourse during the pandemic, as you or your partner may easily transmit the virus between each other.
If I am social distancing, can I still have intercourse?
While CDC restrictions have been gradually lifting, it appears masks and social distancing will perhaps be the new normal for quite some time. Becoming informed on the transmission rate will not only keep your partner safe but will keep you safe in doing so. Even if you are consistently adhering to COVID-19 guidelines as outlined by each state, eliminating any potential risks from the virus is of vital importance. If you choose to engage in safe sex, it is recommended you continue to socially-distance yourself, as well as keep your “social circle” small, to diminish any additional risks.
Can you have intercourse with someone who doesn’t have symptoms?
Coronavirus is not classified as your typical STD; still, its transmission rate should not be taken lightly. The virus may not be transmitted through sexual fluids like other STDs but being intimate with a partner may impose certain risks. Those who may be infected may also not show any outward symptoms of exhibiting the virus but can still infect others. The University of Maryland also believes that wearing a mask during sex is not effective against protecting yourself from the virus.
Can I still practice safe intercourse during the pandemic?
Practicing safe sex before the pandemic meant an open line of honest communication of sexual history and emotions so as to create a pleasurable experience for both you and your partner. Fortunately, this has not changed, but rather amplified since the pandemic. Health experts encourage individuals who wish to have safe sex to continue to continuously update themselves and their partners on their sexual history, in addition to regularly getting tested for COVID-19 and sharing the results with their partners. So long as there is open communication and honesty between two partners, it is possible to still have safe sex with one or other partners.
Can the pandemic affect our sexual lifestyles?
According to Ian Kerner, a licensed marriage and family therapist, the pandemic oversaw a strong decrease in sexual activity amongst couples during the pandemic. Doesn’t alone time with our partner equate more intimacy? A study across China, Turkey, Italy, the United States, and the United Kingdom concluded that lockdown and isolation has seriously affected not only our libidos, but our emotions that may come with it. Being shut off from the outside world, in addition to prolonged cohabitation with a partner may foster feelings of irritation and even claustrophobia. Family therapist Ian Kerner suggests an increase of honest communication, trying new things with your partner, and even taking some time alone to remedy these feelings isolation may bring.