Even if it’s just to make a good impression, many people try to avoid going on a date if they’re sick. With the coronavirus on the rise, most people are avoiding going out when sick, and avoiding contact with people who currently have any flu symptoms. Still, many people are wondering if it’s any riskier today to go on dates or have sex. Researchers don’t yet know a lot about COVID-19, but we’ve done our best to get you answers
To sum it up
At this point, there isn’t much data showing that sexual contact is more risky than other forms of close contact. Close contact include things like talking face-to-face or shaking hands. The guidelines given by public health experts, like washing your hands, staying home if you’re sick, and keeping a six-foot distance from people who may be sick are all still important to follow when it comes to sex and dating.
When deciding if or who to kiss or have sex with, some other good guidelines to follow may be to avoid going out with or kissing with anyone who’s recently traveled, who’s quarantined or who thinks they might have come into contact with someone who has the coronavirus.
So, can I get the coronavirus (COVID-19) by having sex?
Other coronaviruses, like SARS and MERS, aren’t typically passed through genital to genital contact. But because researchers are still studying this particular coronavirus, the WHO (World Health Organization) has said it’s still too early to know for sure.
Making sure that the people we are seeing don’t have symptoms, haven’t traveled in the past 14 days, and haven’t been potentially exposed to the virus can go a long way. Similarly, using regular safer sex methods like washing our hands and toys can not only help reduce the transmission of COVID-19, but also help prevent other infections and STIs.
What about dating? Can it be transmitted through kissing?
It is confirmed that COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets that come out of people’s mouths when they speak or cough. So, like the cold and flu, there is a high risk of spreading the virus from talking face-to-face and kissing.
Can coronavirus be spread through oral sex?
Because the coronavirus is spread through droplets from the nose and mouth there is a risk that the virus could be passed through oral sex. Genitals have mucous membranes, like the ones found inside of your mouth or nose. Some germs can pass through these membranes, and some can’t. We don’t know yet if COVID-19 can or cannot. Fortunately, condoms and dental dams are an effective way of preventing the exchange of bodily fluids during oral sex!
Can coronavirus be spread through anal sex?
There have been lots of rumors surrounding COVID-19 and anal sex. The virus has been detected in the feces of some patients. But the risk of getting the coronavirus from the feces of someone who is sick is still unknown. This risk is expected to be low based on data from similar viruses. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been no reports of fecal-oral transmission of COVID-19 to date. There haven’t been any reports of transmission from anal sex alone either.
What about masturbation?
In a time when social distancing is one of our best methods of slowing down the coronavirus, masturbation is a great way to get our needs met without coming into close contact with anyone else.
Experts don’t yet know if this coronavirus can pass through genital contact. But just like before the outbreak of COVID-19, it’s still a good idea to wash your hands thoroughly before and after touching your (or someone else’s) genitals.
And if you use hand sanitizer before masturbation, make sure it has dried completely before you start! Otherwise, it could seriously burn.
Can sex toys pass the coronavirus?
Studies on similar viruses found they can survive on metal, glass and plastic for as long as nine days unless they are properly disinfected. Even without the risk of the coronavirus, it’s best to thoroughly wash your sex toys after every use. Washing toys helps prevent any fungus or bacteria from growing. It also lowers the risk of passing STIs. Just regular unscented soap and warm water will do. You can dry toys with a clean paper towel. Don’t use Purell or anything like Clorox wipes on your sex toys. This could damage your toys and is not great for you either.
So, what IS safe to do?
Technology has given us many ways to stay social from a distance. Now might not be the best time to meet up with the person you’ve been flirting with on Tinder. But texting, video calls and even phone sex are all ways you can have fun that won’t place you at risk for COVID-19. You can learn more about sexting, and how to do it safer, by checking out this link: https://sexted.org/faq/sexting-sending-sexy-photos-safe/.