Stop what you’re doing and pull out your vibrator because the New York City Department of Health wants you to complain. On March 21, the New York Department of Health released a guide to safe sex practice within the virus, and emphasized that, above all, you are your safe partner. (Something I could tell you, but I digress.)
“Masturbation will not spread COVID-19, especially if you wash your hands (and all sex toys) in water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after sex,” the statement said.
This is probably not news to all people who are practicing social distancing today, miss their partner and feel a little bit particularly horny. According to Psychology Today, the use of pornography has emerged over the past few weeks as people seek out sexy visual stimuli. And on March 17, the popular pornography site Pornhub reported an 11.6% increase in traffic. But this should come as no surprise: masturbation can also be a way to relieve virus anxiety, in addition to health precautions.
The New York Department of Health says the next safest option is to have sex with a partner who has moved away from you socially, as having close contact with only a small group of people can help prevent COVID-19 proliferation. Furthermore, the statement warns against kissing, along with dangling, as there is evidence that the virus can spread through fecal matter. Yes, rhyming! What a time to be alive.
However, you should avoid having sex with a spouse who is not feeling well. And the same is true if you or your spouse is exposed to the virus, or you have basic medical conditions.
So how do New Yorkers feel with the New York Department of Health’s new recommendations? “I don’t need the government telling me to come down,” Ashley, 24, tells the hustle and bustle. “I have that part under control.”
If you think you are showing corona virus symptoms, which include fever, shortness of breath and cough, call your doctor before going for a test. If you are concerned about the spread of the virus in your community, visit CDC or NHS 111 in the UK for up-to-date information and resources, or seek mental health support. You can find all the covers of the Corona virus hustle here, and UK-specific updates on the Corona virus.