The coronavirus pandemic has prompted humans to get creative in every aspect of their life. People have managed to find a way to navigate doors and buttons using tools that will not require them to actually touch anything. All meetings have been reduced to emails or virtual meet-ups, kitchen cooking skills were put to the test, and couples who were isolating together managed to get a lot of action. Experts thought there would be another baby boom after the pandemic. But with a virus that requires at least six-feet distancing for safety, how do couples get intimate without transmitting the virus?
The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has come with a novel solution. The organization updated its guidelines for sex and intimacy during the pandemic. "Sex can be very important for mental, social and physical well-being; it is a part of everyday life. People can, will and should continue to have sex during the COVID-19 pandemic," it stated. But it also clarified that if you are your partner are feeling sick, then the best option would be to skip sex. The virus spreads through liquid droplets but it has also been detected in semen.
As for a way to have a healthy sex life, the BCCDC stated that masturbating would be the safest form of sex. "You are your safest sex partner," it stated. In addition to virtual sex, having limited partners, while also being extremely hygienic, the Canadian CDC organization suggested using physical barriers for safe sex. The list of tips included using glory holes "that allow for sexual contact but prevent close face-to-face contact" as an option to engage in sex with a partner. According to Urban Dictionary , "A glory hole is a hole made in a thin wall or other types of partition where a man can insert their penis for sexual stimulation by an anonymous person on the other side."
“Be creative with sexual positions and physical barriers, like walls, that allow sexual contact while preventing close face-to-face contact,” the document said, according to Global News . The New York City Health Department had also issued similar guidelines for safe sex. The document stated , "Make it a little kinky. Be creative with sexual positions and physical barriers, like walls, that allow sexual contact while preventing close face to face contact." The Health Department also added, "Consider using harm reduction strategies to reduce the risk to yourself, your partners, and our community."
Nicole Pasquino, the clinical practice director at Options for Sexual Health, which works closely with the BCCDC said that people are going to have sex regardless, and providing them with important information about safe sex without judgment is vital. "I think the worst thing we can ever do is shame people," she told CBC . "Sex is an important part of all people's lives and it's not something that's just going to stop when there's a pandemic, nor should it for some people that are able to continue in a low-risk way. The more messaging, the better."