Couples should wear a mask every time they want to bump uglies to help stop coronavirus outbreak., Yes, this is the warning issued by a group of researchers at Harvard University after conducting a study on the safest ways to have sex during the pandemic.


According to scientists, sex could spread COVID-19, so they advise couples to take preventive measures. Showering before and after practicing intimate relationships, wearing a mask during the act, and avoiding kissing are some of the recommendations given in the study, published last May 8 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Sexual activities classified according to the risk of contagion:

  • "Low risk" sexual activities: Abstinence, masturbation, and sex via phone or online platforms
  • "High risk" sexual activities: Sex with people within a home and sex with individuals from other homes

To reach this conclusion, researchers have classified different sexual scenarios according to the risk that each one carries while practicing. Abstinence is undoubtedly the safest practice and is classified in the "low risk of infection" group.

However, experts acknowledge that it is "not feasible for many:" For some patients, complete abstinence from in-person sexual activity is not an achievable goal. In these situations, having sex with persons with whom they are self-quarantining is the safest approach," explains Dr. Jack Turban, the lead researcher of the study.

"For some patients, complete abstinence from in-person sexual activity is not an achievable goal."

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Masturbation and sexual activity on digital platforms are also considered "low risk" sexual activities. However, the study warns that having sex through the Internet carries another type of risk. Since the pandemic began, the number of attacks by virtual sexual predators has increased, so they insist that it is important to advise on the risks of online relationships:

"They should also be warned about the risks for sexual partners taking screenshots of conversations and relevant risks and laws regarding sexual extortion."

The sexual practice considered "high risk" is, according to Harvard scientists, the one practiced with individuals from other homes. Although they also warn that sex between people who live in the same house carries a high risk of infection since anyone could have contracted the virus outside the home, and even more now in this phase of de-escalation.

Above all, the study advises all people to receive counsel on risk reduction techniques. Among other recommendations, they highlight:

"Minimizing the number of sexual partners, avoiding sex partners with symptoms consistent with SARS-CoV-2, avoiding kissing and sexual behaviors with a risk for fecal-oral transmission or that involve semen or urine, wearing a mask, showering before and after sexual intercourse, and cleaning of the physical space with soap or alcohol wipes."

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