While quarantine and lockdown may be a difficult time for many during this COVID pandemic, practicing safe sex can be great way to engage, because there is never such thing as too much love. First things first- COVID 19 though an upper respiratory tract infection, is not a sexually transmitted disease but still there is a high risk of transmission as close proximity is involved.
When partners are quarantined together and have no symptoms of the virus (like fever, sore throat, shortness of breath), then indulging in some physical intimacy can be a great way to bond, get more closer and get experimental with your significant other. Also these points can help reduce the risk of transmitting infections during sex.
Self pleasure is by far the best way to enjoy sexual pleasure with zero risks. Make sure the hands are washed and clean before and after the act and practice good self hygiene. Read some exciting literature to get in the mood. Mutual masturbation can be a great way to indulge in the act together without physically touching each other.
Bring out the toys to play
Sex toys can be a great play thing for singles and couples and can heighten the sexual experience. Clean the toys thoroughly before and after use.
One blessed thing is the presence of technology. Partners far away from each other can use technology to sext, phone sex, video call, photo sharing and heat things up with some dirty talk. Facetime, Zoom, Skype- the options are quite vast. Dating apps like Tinder can be a great platform to find like minded people for those who are single and are feeling socially isolated.
This is obviously not an ideal time to indulge with multiple sexual partners or indulge in random sex. It’s best to stay loyal in order to narrow the network of people to interact with, and thereby reduce the chances of an infection. A one night stand with a stranger is definitely a no-no during quarantine.
With hospitals filled to the brim with infected cases, this is not an ideal time to contract an STI. Use condoms, wash hands and self before and after a session and clean the sheets. Practice utmost personal hygiene to reduce risk of STDs and save a visit to the clinic or hospital and increase the chance of exposure to more infections. Women who are not looking to get pregnant need to exercise more caution to reduce the risk of conception with proper birth control measures.
Quarantine may be an ideal time to increase intimacy between partners. Sex, as we know, releases dopamine and oxytocin, which elevate mood, reduces stress, anxiety and boosts overall health. Physical intimacy can provide a sense of security and help partners enjoy a deeper and more emotional connection with each other. But always remember- safety and hygiene comes first!