Coronavirus warning issued for those who should avoid sexTim Dune
Coronavirus warning issued for those who should avoid sex
Strong advice has been given by the government telling people to socially distance themselves as much as possible.
Couples are being advised to avoid sex if they live apart and a partner has symptoms
Self-isolating couples who do not live together or who fall into one of the vulnerable categories should avoid sex when it comes to getting coronavirus, says an expert.
If one partner shows symptoms such as a cough or fever and lives separately from their other half, couples should avoid sex for seven days, Professor Paul Hunter advised.
Couples who live together should also abstain if one of them is in the higher-risk group such as being 70 or older, has an underlying illness or is pregnant and one of the two people has possible COVID-19 symptoms.
Strong advice has been given by the government telling people to socially distance themselves as much as possible to slow the spread of the virus.
They should self-isolate if they have symptoms or live with people who do, but no specific information has been issued on what to do about sex.
Prof Hunter said: “If you or your partner are self-isolating because one of you have symptoms (cough or fever) then providing you live together then you do not necessarily need to give up sex for the seven days recommended for individual cases to self-isolate.
“However, if your partner is in one of the vulnerable groups because of age, pre-existing disease or she is pregnant, then you need to stay away from them as much as possible, and this would mean avoid sex for the first seven days.
“If your partner does not live with you, then they should be staying away.”
He also advised avoiding sex if one of you is feeling unwell and reiterated the advice on good hand hygiene.
He said: “The evidence is unclear about whether vigorous exercise is bad for you when you are acutely unwell with fever or pneumonia. Nevertheless, it would probably be best to avoid sex while you feel poorly.
“Whether you do or do not still have sex during this period, remember to wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds and avoid touching your or your partner’s face with unwashed hands.”
People who live a “bohemian” sex life where they mix with other people should avoid it and stay at home, Professor Hunter advised.
He added: “If your sex life is rather more bohemian and you cannot get to have sex without mixing with some/many other people, this mixing is advised against, so stay at home. This is especially important if you are in one of the at-risk groups.”
The main risk of catching the virus during sex “comes from being close, face-to-face, through droplet spread, through kissing and touching each other’s faces”, the professor said.
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