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Thursday, April 9, 2020

NYC Health Dept. releases guide on sex during coronavirus pandemic #MMBCovid


The one thing being drilled into New Yorkers is stay 6 feet apart from each other -- don't do that, and you're significantly upping your chance at contracting coronavirus.

So where does that leave one of the most intimate activities?

Well, the City of New York's Health Department has released a two-page guide of facts, tips and guidelines for sex in the era of coronavirus. 

"We still have a lot to learn about COVOD-19 and sex," the city admits, providing the following facts:

- We know that other coronaviruses do not efficiently transmit through sex

- COVID-19 has not yet been found in semen or vaginal fluid 

"Have sex with people close to you," advises the city, pointing out the following:

- The next safest partner is someone you live with. Having close contact — including sex — with only a small circle of people helps prevent spreading COVID-19. 

- You should avoid close contact — including sex — with anyone outside your household. If you do have sex with others, have as few partners as possible.

- If you usually meet your sex partners online or make a living by having sex, consider taking a break from in-person dates. Video dates, sexting or chat rooms may be options for you.

"Take care during sex," urges the city

- Kissing can easily pass COVID-19. Avoid kissing anyone who is not part of your small circle of close contacts

- Condoms and dental dams can reduce contact with saliva

- Washing up before and after sex is more important than ever ... Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds ... 

"Skip sex if you or your partner is not feeling well," urges the city

- If you or a partner may have COVID-19, avoid sex and especially kissing

- If you start to feel unwell, you may be about to develop symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath

- If you or your partner has a medical condition that can lead to more severe COVID-19, you may also want to skip sex (Medical conditions include lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or a weakened immune system (for example, having unsuppressed HIV and a low CD4 count)

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