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Is it Safe to Have Sex During COVID-19 Pandemic?

There are unconfirmed reports that regular masturbation and constant sex can give us a foolproof protection from getting infected with the novel coronavirus.

I understand that we need to get laid with our partner or, for the singles out there, beat the meat at some point in time as we face this health crisis which can trigger depression and anxiety from too much stress around us.

IMHO, there is nothing wrong with having sex as long as you’re living together in one roof even before the pandemic began. Also, if you and your partner are strictly following the quarantine protocols and have stayed in the house, a little bit of sexy time likely poses no risk at all.

But to give you something else to worry about at night, the coronavirus has been found in men’s semen.

Chinese researchers at Shangqiu Municipal Hospital in Henan province discovered evidence of coronavirus in the semen of six out of the 38 men that they surveyed, according to a study published last week in the JAMA Network Open medical journal.

This is in contrast from another publicized research study of analyzed semen samples from 34 men in China an average of one month after they were diagnosed with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

It says that the laboratory tests did not detect the coronavirus in any of the semen samples, and there was no evidence of the virus in the men’s testes, according to the study published online recently in the journal Fertility and Sterility.

Whether these studies are confirmed or not, it is important to note that this does not necessarily mean the COVID-19 virus can be sexually transmitted, though it does open up to that possibility.

While you might think that there are more likely ways that the highly-infectious virus could be passed from person to person during sex than through sperm, that brings us to the second troubling revelation from the JAMA Network Open study.

Of the six men with coronavirus in their semen, two of them were recovering from the virus. It’s uncertain for how long the virus may remain in a previously infected man’s sperm.

It is safe to say that if you’re already infected or a suspected PUI, you should avoid the risk of passing the disease to another person through unprotected sexual activities. Or better yet, abstain and refrain from sexual contacts.

The COVID-19 virus is hardly unique in this regard. In the past, many infectious viruses, like Zika and Ebola, have been found in semen even months after the infection and while the man is exhibiting no symptoms.

The novel coranavirus spreads via droplets that are expelled when infected people exhale, cough or sneeze. Others become infected by inhaling these droplets, or touching them on a surface and then touching their face. Thus, chances of getting the virus through sexual activities with an infected person is almost certain.

There is also a circulating news that says, “constant sex kills coronavirus”. This report was found to have started when a screenshot from a CNN news clip was shared online. People thought that it was real until some fact-checker site investigated the authenticity of the news report. Looking up on the CNN website, the fact-checker found no evidence of the said news clip and later, determined it was just a fake news.

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