Health officials recommend wearing masks during sex to stop spread of COVID-19
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has advised Canadians that covering their faces during intercourse can decrease their chances of contracting COVID-19.
The Centre have also dished out advice on safe masturbation and virtual sex during the pandemic.
While the virus has been found in semen and feces, it is not yet clear if it can be transmitted through sex.
As research on the matter is still being carried out, health officials at the Centre advises that "you" are your safest sexual partner.
"Masturbating by yourself (solo sex) will not spread COVID-19," they explain.
If choosing to masturbate with a partner, the experts at the Centre advise that "physical distancing" will lower your chance of getting COVID-19.
When it comes to virtual sex, health officials note that video dates, phone chats, sexting, online chat rooms and group cam rooms are ways to engage in sexual activity with "no chance" of spreading COVID-19.
However, they also warn that people should "be aware of the risks of sharing information or photos online, and web camming."
As far as intercourse with another person goes, the Centre advises: "If you’re feeling fine and have no symptoms of COVID-19, you can still have sex. If you’re feeling sick, skip sex."
To protect yourself from COVID-19 during sex, the Centre advises people to ask their partner(s) if they are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of COVID-19 before sex.
They say that people should also "wash well" before and after sex, as well as washing any sex toys that might have been used.
Another tip it to avoid or limit kissing and saliva exchange, or choose sexual positions that limit face-to-face contact.
As heavy breathing can create more droplets that may transmit COVID-19, the Centre encourages people to wear a mask or face covering during intercourse.
Using condoms, lubricant, and dental dams may help to further reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19.
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control adds: "Sex can be very important for mental, social and physical well-being; it is a part of everyday life. People can, will and should continue to have sex during the COVID-19 pandemic. Messages that discourage or shame people from sexual contact can be harmful and may discourage people from seeking essential sexual health services."
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