Sex and the coronavirus? What you need to know!

The Salt Lake Tribune reports some (basically) good news today. According to a study from the University of Utah that was published in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility, researchers believe that the coronavirus is NOT spread through bodily fluids like semen, so, therefore, isn’t considered “sexually transmitted.”

The article went on to say that the new novel coronavirus (which can lead to the COVID-19 disease) is spread through tiny droplets of moisture, similar to the cold or flu, that spread from coughing, sneezing, breathing, and talking. However, you can also become infected from touching a surface that has these droplets on them.

So herein lies the problem… How does one go about having sex with someone without touching them? It would be similar to saying that the flu isn’t sexually transmitted. While it might not spread through genital fluids, the droplets could be in the air from heavy breathing, or on their body from touch. Sex would have to somehow be performed with masks, and before and after a shower, and even then, there’s no assured safety.

Interestingly though, certain viral contagions, like Zika and the Ebola, are in fact sexually transmitted. It’s best to be smart about this. So, remember to be safe, and if you’re feeling sick…please refrain from “meeting up.”

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