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NSW Health recommends couples stay 1.5 metres apart for COVID-safe sex

We’re all trying our best to observe health guidelines during the era of COVID, especially the hand hygiene and social distancing part.

But one suggestion from NSW Health has some people shrugging their shoulders in confusion.

On its sexual health-themed PlaySafe site, NSW Health offers tips and advice on how to have sex in a pandemic to reduce the likelihood of contracting or transmitting the virus.

One of those suggestions is by couples trying to stay 1.5 metres apart during sex.

The site reiterates COVID can’t be transmitted through semen or vaginal fluids, but that it CAN be transmitted through respiratory droplets, including saliva.

“And having sex without sharing respiratory droplets is pretty hard (and probably not that much fun!),” the website notes.

‘Safest sex is solo sex’

“The safest form of sex during COVID-19 is solo sex,” the website states.

PlaySafe goes on to note that having sex with a partner who lives with you is likely to be pretty safe because you’re already sharing the same space.

But if you are having casual sex, the site offers some interesting tips, including wearing a mask during sex or keeping 1.5 metres apart.

NSW Health has some interesting suggestions on how to have COVID-safe sex. File image. Credit: Carol Yepes/Getty Images

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