Canada's top doctor wants you to wear a face mask during sex
Well, Canada, our top health official has spoken: it's time to start donning a face mask during sex — and not in a kinky way.
The new advice comes from Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam, who gave Canadians some sexual health advice in her usual daily update on Wednesday.
"Sex can be complicated in the time of COVID-19, especially for those without an intimate partner in their household or whose sexual partner is at higher risk for COVID-19," Tam said in the statement.
She noted that there's a very low likelihood of contracting COVID-19 through semen or vaginal fluids, but kissing is still a risky business with new partners.
2/3 #Sexualhealth is an important part of overall health. But, sex can be complicated during #COVID19, especially for those without an intimate partner in their household or whose sexual partner is at higher risk for severe outcomes.— Dr. Theresa Tam (@CPHO_Canada) September 2, 2020
Tam's solution? Skipping kissing and avoiding face-to-face contact or closeness during sex, or using a face mask.
Tam also encourages limiting alcohol consumption so that your judgment remains sharp, and trying to stick to one partner (or, you know, flying solo altogether when it comes to sexual activity).
"Remember as with all social interactions, try to keep your number of close contacts low if possible," she said.
3/3 The lowest risk sexual activity during #COVID19 involves yourself alone. If you decide to have sex with someone outside of your circle of contacts, take steps to reduce your risks.https://t.co/xZdbpAe03d— Dr. Theresa Tam (@CPHO_Canada) September 2, 2020
This isn't the first time that Canadian officials have given people sexual health advice; in July, B.C. officials almost broke Twitter by advising the use of glory holes to protect against COVID-19.
Tam has also given Canadians dating advice and even suggested that people go on a cute (socially distanced) picnic as a first date.
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