Couples told to wear face masks during sex during coronavirus pandemic

Safe sex during the coronavirus pandemic might soon require protection beyond just the nether regions, a study claims.

Zachary Kussin
Fox NewsJune 4, 20204:07pm

Stop the coronavirus spread checklist

Stop the coronavirus spread checklist

Here are some handy and helpful tips on reducing the spread of the coronavirus when you leave and return home.

Couples told to wear face masks during sex during coronavirus pandemic.Source:istock

A new study from researchers at Harvard University says that having sex carries some risk for transmitting COVID-19 from one partner to the other, and recommends – among other practices – wearing a face mask while doin’ the deed.

The research, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, ranked frisky situations based on how likely it is to catch coronavirus while in the act, Fox News reports.

Researchers recommend wearing a mask for the riskiest sexual scenario: Sex with people other than those with who one is quarantined.

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Couples have been advised to wear face masks during sex to prevent spread of coronavirus.

Couples have been advised to wear face masks during sex to prevent spread of coronavirus.Source:istock

If you have an out-of-house coronavirus crush, the study says that – besides keeping your mask on – you should avoid kissing and anything that involves semen or urine. Shower before and after, and clean the space with alcohol wipes or soap.

The study also mentions that having sex with people who are together in quarantine is safer, but there is still a risk. For instance, if one partner goes outside to run an errand and is exposed to the virus, they can transmit it to the other. Even if that person is ultimately an asymptomatic carrier, they can still infect the other.

Abstain for ultimate protection. Though it’s not nearly as much fun.

Abstain for ultimate protection. Though it’s not nearly as much fun.Source:istock

The safest approach to sexual activity, according to the researchers, is not having any. Abstinence, they say, is “low risk for infection, though not feasible for many”.

Another option, they add, is masturbation.

Other recommendations have come out since the coronavirus outbreak in the US, with some of them providing graphics to enhance the lessons. In April, the Oregon Health Authority released a sex guide that went viral, just weeks after the same happened to one released by the NYC Department of Health.

This article originally appeared on Fox News and was reproduced with permission

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