A new study from researchers at Harvard University in the US has found that having sex could spread coronavirus, and recommends that couples take preventative measures in the bedroom – including wearing face masks.
These preventative measures also include showering before and after sex, avoiding kissing and ‘cleaning of the physical space with soap or alcohol wipes’.
The study saw Harvard scientists rank sexual scenarios on the basis of how likely it was that you would catch coronavirus while doing them.
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.
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. The Oregon example stood out for its illustrations of condoms, a fleshlight and a peach, and NYC’s with its vivid warning for anal rimming.