Sex in a pandemic can be complicated and it is best to avoid kissing and, perhaps, even wear a mask to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Dr. Theresa Tam, a public health practitioner in Canada, stated on Wednesday that to be safe from the virus, even during intercourse, it is advisable to use masks.
" Sexual health is an important part of our overall health. However, sex can be complicated at the time of Covid-19 ... " - declares the doctor, referring mostly to partners who have intimate relations with new partners.
" Low-risk sexual activity during Covid-19 involves only yourself," advises Tam. For Canadians who choose to "engage in a personal sexual encounter" abroad, she suggests a number of steps to reduce the risk, including "avoiding face-to-face contact or intimacy" .
Tam says that " the most important step is to make sure that people have a relationship of trust with their sexual partners . "
" Current evidence shows that there is a very low risk of contamination of the new coronavirus through semen or vaginal fluids. However, even if the persons involved have no symptoms, sexual activity with new partners increases the risk of infection with Covid-19 through "Close contact, like kissing," says Tam.
Sex should be avoided if either partner shows symptoms of Covid-19, so it is suggested " limiting the use of alcohol and other substances so that you and your partner (s) are able to make safe decisions".
Of course, the doctor emphasizes once again the most common tips for practicing safe sex, including using condoms and paying attention to the SSTs of yourself and your partner.
" By taking these precautions and staying aware of the dangers, Canadians can find ways to enjoy physical intimacy, but also by providing protection from Covid-19, " the message concludes. Tam.
Canada has reported more than 129,000 Covid-19 cases and 9,135 deaths, according to the Canada Public Health Agency.