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.
“Sadly, sex with someone outside of your household or bubble still carries risk and is not recommended due to the 1.5-metre physical distancing in place,” the website states.
“If you are still having sex with others, there are a few precautions you should be taking to reduce your risk of COVID-19.”
Some of the suggestions include avoiding kissing and using dental dams during oral sex.
Another suggestion is to wear a “three-layer mask to cover your nose and mouth if you can.”
Couples are also advised to “wash sex toys before and after use”.
Another article on the PlaySafe site suggests the safest way to engage in safe sex during COVID is via mutual masturbation, making sure you stay “a minimum of 1.5 metres (apart) at all times”.
“Consider wearing masks to minimise the risk of COVID-19 even further, or even take the fun online,” the NSW Health advice states.
Another suggestion is “hot messaging” – having phone sex, sending racy texts or using intimate video chat.