Is it Safe to Have Sex During the Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Is it safe to have sex during the coronavirus pandemic
If neither of you have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 or has any reason to believe you might have the virus, most doctors currently agree that you can have sex. Photo by Sasin Tipchai

In these tough times of coronavirus and social distancing, many people are wondering if it is safe to even have sex in your own home right now during the pandemic.

The novel coronavirus is spread by direct person to person contact or by aerosol droplets (in the air) from people that are within six feet of each other, which you can inhale. You can also pick it up from contaminated surfaces, if you touch something infected and then touch your face without washing your hands first. So, sex can contribute to spreading the coronavirus, as you will be close enough to someone naked and are also most likely kissing and breathing heavy. However, Covid-19 is not directly contracted from having sex.

The coronavirus is a respiratory virus, so it can be transmitted through your saliva and intimate contact, but it is not directly transmitted genitally.

So if you are a couple living together, should you still have sex while the shelter in place quarantine is still in place? If your partner has COVID-19 and is in isolation then the obvious answer is that you should refrain from having sex, and you should be staying in separate bedrooms according to the CDC.

If you or your sex partner does not have COVID-19 and does not display any coronavirus symptoms, and neither of you have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 or has any reason to believe you might have the virus, most doctors currently agree that you can have sex.

But you still may not know if someone has coronavirus, so being sexually active can still involve some risk of getting the virus yourself. So to play it safe you should follow some simple common sense guidelines before sex to help reduce the risks associated with having sex during the coronavirus lockdown.

  • Only have sex with a partner you live with who does not have the virus, or displays any symptoms.
  • Do not have sex with anyone who lives outside of your home. Sexual contact with someone you don’t live with puts you and others at risk of coronavirus.
  • Masturbation will not spread the coronavirus if you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after sex, being sure to also clean any sex toys used
  • Use condoms and dental dams while performing oral sex to reduce contact with saliva

You should also avoid sex if you or your sex partner has any medical condition, including but not limited to diabetes, lung or heart disease, any type of cancer or if they have a weakened immune system (HIV), because this could lead to a more serious illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

Still a little worried or unsure if you or your partner has Covid19? We can’t blame you, especially with the current state of the federal government and its utter refusal to help with nationwide Covid-19 testing. You can play it safe by sexting with your partner, or even exchanging nude pictures and sexually suggestive videos on your smartphones. If you have the need to look outside your home for sex, do it virtually. Try the free text sex chat rooms at NastyChat, free explicit web cam sex chat rooms at, private sex cams at, or for non-sexual communication you can check out the free online dating community with video chat rooms at

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