Canada’s top doctor, Theresa Tam has advised lovers to skip kissing and wear face masks while having sex with new partners.
The country’s chief public health officer on Wednesday, September 2, said that this could prevent the spread of Coronavirus while adding that going solo remains the lowest-risk sexual option in a pandemic.
In her statement, Dr. Tam said there is little chance of catching COVID-19 from semen or vaginal fluid.
However, sexual activity with someone new increases the risk of contracting the virus, particularly if there is close contact like kissing.
“Like other activities during COVID-19 that involve physical closeness, there are some things you can do to minimize the risk of getting infected and spreading the virus,” she said.
Tam also recommends that people limit the number of people they have sex with.
“Remember as with all social interactions, try to keep your number of close contacts low if possible,” she said.
Skip kissing, avoid face-to-face closeness, wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose, and monitor yourself and your partner for symptoms ahead of any sexual activity, Tam stated.
“The lowest-risk sexual activity during COVID-19 involves yourself alone,” she added.
She noted that people can still enjoy intimacy while taking precautions and safeguarding the process of containing Covid-19.
Canada has recorded nearly 130,000 positive cases of Coronavirus. 9132 patients have died of the disease.
Eighty-eight percent of people in Canada who have contracted the disease have since recovered.