WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Canadian top doctor advises people to consider wearing a mask when having sex to reduce your chances of being exposed to the coronavirus.
- Dr. Theresa Tam on Wednesday said there is little chance of contracting COVID-19 through semen or vaginal fluids, however, “close contact, like kissing” increases the risk.
- The medical officer added that going solo is the lowest risk sexual option during the pandemic.
The chief medical officer of Canada suggested that people should avoid kissing and consider wearing a mask during sex to protect themselves from contracting the coronavirus. Dr Theresa Tam added that going solo remains the sexual option with the lowest risk of getting infected.
In a statement Wednesday, Dr Tam said there is little chance of contracting COVID-19 from semen or vaginal fluid, but sexual activity with new partners can increase the chances of getting infected. This is particularly true if there will be kissing involved.
“Like other activities during COVID-19 that involve physical closeness, there are some things you can do to minimize the risk of getting infected and spreading the virus,” Dr Tam said.
She suggested avoiding kissing, skipping face-to-face closeness, wearing a mask that covers the nose and mouth, and observing yourself and your partner for symptoms before any sexual encounter.
“The lowest risk sexual activity during COVID-19 involves yourself alone,” the doctor added.
According to Dr Tam, sexual health is an important part of overall health, and by taking precautions, “Canadians can find ways to enjoy physical intimacy while safeguarding the progress we have all made containing COVID-19.”
As of Sept 8, Canada has reported 134,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 9000 deaths. New daily cases do not go beyond peak volumes, but there has been an uptick recently brought about by more infections in certain western Canadian provinces.