Coronavirus and Sex: What You Need to Know
As the world comes to terms with our new and adjusted life during the ongoing global pandemic, there have been all kinds of questions and theories on both how you can catch the virus, and what can help beat it.
From insane ideas like drinking bleach and avoiding chinese food, to genuine concerns such as receiving packages or going shopping, there’s quite simply a lot we don’t know!
Naturally, some of these concerns will spill over to the bedroom, as many people are wondering: “Can you catch the coronavirus by having sex?”
What is the Coronavirus?
The novel coronavirus “COV-SARS-2” is the current cause of a global pandemic. In case you’ve been living under a rock, or were already self isolating without realising it (we’re looking at you gamers), here’s what you need to know:
- COV-SARS-2 is a novel coronavirus. This is the same type of virus from the previous SARS and MERS outbreaks in recent years.
- Catching the coronavirus infects you with a disease known as COVID-19. (COronaVIrusDisease-discovered int 2019)
- The virus is highly contagious, and can easily spread from person to person.
- The first recorded human case of viral infection originated in Wuhan, China.
- You can be infected with COVID-19 without knowing it, and spread the virus before you even show symptoms. This is known as asymptomatic spread.
- Most people will have a mild virus, and seem to recover without any major negative effects.
- Serious cases can cause many complications and death, but this tends to be much more common if you suffer a pre-existing medical condition.
- There are many unknowns about this virus. At the time of writing this includes:
- Whether catching the virus will make you immune.
- How long you could be immune for.
- How long you will be sick for.
- How long you are contagious for.
- Whether there are any long term effects on your health as a result of the virus.
- And much more...
For the most up to date information, refer to the guidelines and information provided by the CDC in America, or your local disease control agency in other parts of the world.
What Are the Symptoms?
The most common symptoms experienced by people infected with COVID-19 are fever and a dry cough. As the disease progresses, you can suffer severe difficulty breathing.
How Does it Spread?
At the time of writing, the virus is believed to spread through droplets in the air. These can be expelled by coughing, talking or simply breathing. Transmission of the virus is much more common in enclosed spaces without good ventilation.
Can You Catch COVID-19 by Having Sex?
Now the question on everyone’s lips:
Can you catch COVID-19/the Coronavirus by having sex?
The good news is, there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is a sexually transmissible disease.
But before you go running off to your bedroom to start bonking like Easter bunnies, there’s a couple of small points we need to address.
As the virus is transmitted through droplets that come out of your nose and mouth, it’s completely possible to catch it while having sex. It’s also possible to pass it on to your partner by kissing, touching their face (as it could be on your hands), or even just breathing in their direction.
This has a couple of implications:
- If you or your partner are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, you should be minimising contact as much as possible for at least 14 days. Current evidence suggests that beyond this time frame, you are much less likely to pass the virus on, so you can return to normal sexual function after you have fully recovered.
- You should avoid casual sexual encounters with people you don’t know. They may be carrying the virus without showing symptoms, and could infect you without you even knowing.
- If either you or your partner is still going to work, or regularly coming into contact with people who may be infected, it is safer to avoid sexual contact altogether to minimise the risk of contracting the disease.
- If your entire family is isolating at home, not coming into contact with other people, and showing no symptoms of the virus, then you should be able to enjoy sexual activity as normal.
Can Sex Help During the Pandemic?
Well we’re glad you asked! As a site selling sex toys, we’re more than pleased to let you know that there is no direct risk of catching the virus by using an adult toy.
Whether it’s a vibrator, a dildo, or even a cock cage, the only possible way that your sex toy could give you COVID-19 is if the virus is on the surface of the toy, which you touch, and subsequently touch your face or mouth.
Luckily this is easily avoided. Simply wash your sex toys before and after each use (which you should be doing anyway) to make sure no bacteria or viruses are left on their surface. You should also wash your hands thoroughly, to make sure that nothing from your hands gets onto your toy!
Are Single People Out of Luck?
For the many, many single people out there, you might be worried that the pandemic has swiftly put the brakes on your prospects of having sex. While local guidance will dictate whether or not you can spend time with others outside of your household, over time these restrictions are likely to ease off.
To keep yourself safe while dating, make sure that you are careful about how you interact with potential partners:
- Avoid casual hookups. You really don’t know whether anyone has the virus so it’s safer to avoid heading to bed with someone you just met.
- Be honest and open with each other. If one of you has symptoms you shouldn’t hide them just for the chance of a little bedroom action.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions! The easiest way to find out how at risk an individual is of catching or carrying the virus is simply to ask.
While we have researched the advice given in this article thoroughly, we must point out that nobody here at Lovegasm is a doctor. Please refer to the CDC, your local authorities and your own doctors for the most up to date advice regarding the coronavirus, and most importantly, stay safe!