Corona Sex Madness By Mrs Vera West

     I have been waiting for the inevitable Covid-19 sex article. There has been some, dealing with promiscuous hooking up, but now the madness comes back down to personal one-on-one relationships.

“Researchers at Harvard University examined the probabilities of contracting COVID-19 during sex. And to lower transmission risk, they determined people engaged in lovemaking should wear masks and avoid kissing.
The research, titled "Sexual Health in the SARS-CoV-2 Era," was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine last month, describes new "guidance on how to address sexual health and activity" during the pandemic." It recommends people must wear a mask for the most dangerous sexual scenario: Sex with those who've not quarantined. Sex puts people within close proximity, so both individuals would likely be exposed to droplets like coughs, sneezes, and spit. At the same time, 35% of COVID-19 carriers are asymptomatic, which means sex could spread the highly contagious respiratory illness. Guidelines for sex, in a post-corona world, have been limited. Oregon and New York City health departments published coronavirus sex guides and visuals showing people how to have sex with social distancing in mind.”

     And here is the punch line:

“SARS-CoV-2 is present in respiratory secretions and spreads through aerosolized particles. It may remain stable on surfaces for days. On the basis of this information, all types of in-person sexual activity probably carry risk for SARS-CoV-2 transmission. Infected individuals have the potential to spread respiratory secretions onto their skin and personal objects, from which the virus can be transmitted to a sexual partner. Because many SARS-CoV-2–infected people are asymptomatic, HCPs are left with little to offer beyond guidance to not engage in any in-person sexual activity. Data are lacking regarding other routes of sexual transmission. Two small studies of SARS-CoV-2–infected people did not detect virus in semen or vaginal secretions. An additional study of semen samples from 38 patients detected the virus by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction in 6 patients (15.8%). However, the relevance regarding sexual transmission remains unknown. Until this is better understood, it would be prudent to consider semen potentially infectious. Although 1 study failed to detect the virus in urine samples (5), there is evidence that SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acids were detected in a urine sample in at least 1 patient in another study. Until this is clarified, urine should also be considered potentially infectious. SARS-CoV-2 RNA has been detected in stool samples, raising concern for fecal–oral transmission. It is not clear, however, whether viral RNA detected in stool is capable of causing productive infection. Moreover, these data are moot, given that any in-person contact results in substantial risk for disease transmission owing to the virus' stability on common surfaces and propensity to propagate in the oropharynx and respiratory tract.”

     The world is so crazy now that I expect anything nowadays.



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