Public health experts have offered plenty of advice to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Social distancing, mask wearing and good hand hygiene have been the top three measures adopted by all countries but the latest bit of advice from Canada’s chief public health officer is a little different.
Doctor Theresa Tam, the country’s chief public health officer, issued a statement earlier this week, urging couples to wear masks during sex to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
“Sex can be complicated in the time of COVID-19, especially for those without an intimate partner in their household or whose sexual partner is at higher risk for COVID-19,” Dr Tam said in a statement.
“The lowest risk sexual activity during COVID-19 involves yourself alone.”
But those having sex with a partner who is at risk or from outside their household should be “skipping kissing and avoiding face-to-face contact or closeness (and) consider using a mask that covers the nose and mouth,” Dr Tam added.
Dr Tam also recommended Canadians should limit their consumption of alcohol and other substances “so you and your partner(s) are able to make safe decisions”.
Couples should also practice the usual safe sex methods, including condom use, to reduce other risks.
“Current evidence indicates there is a very low likelihood of contracting the novel coronavirus through semen or vaginal fluids. However, even if the people involved do not have symptoms, sexual activity with new partners does increase your risk of getting or passing COVID-19 through close contact, like kissing,” Dr Tam said.
“Remember as with all social interactions, try to keep your number of close contacts low if possible.
“By taking these precautions and staying conscious of the risks we assume, Canadians can find ways to enjoy physical intimacy while safeguarding the progress we have all made containing COVID-19.”
There has been more than 130,000 cases of coronavirus in Canada since the pandemic hit this year with the country averaging around 490 new cases each day.
Canada has also lost 9171 people to the virus however almost 90 per cent of the country’s coronavirus cases have now recovered.