Government issues guidelines for sexual practices in Australia to curb COVID-19 spread: All you need to know  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- COVID-19 disease, caused by the novel coronavirus is known to spread quickly and rapidly
- In Australia, the government has issued guidelines for safe sexual practicies, in context of COVID-19 spread
- Acts such as kissing, close contact have been warned against, as they can spike your risk of contracting COVID-19
New Delhi: Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, people have been concerned about finding effective ways to curb the spread of the deadly virus. Measures such as hand washing, social distancing, staying at home, practicing proper respiratory hygiene, wearing a mask have been enforced by governments all around the world, to keep cases of COVID-19 to a minimum. In Australia, however, the government has reportedly issued guidelines for sexual practices, in order to keep COVID-19 from spreading among people.
As per experts, it is possible that you could get COVID-19 virus from sexual activities that expose you to faecal matter. There is no evidence of the virus being transmitted through semen or vaginal fluids. The virus has, however, been detected in the semen of people who have had COVID-19 or are recovering from the disease. Meanwhile, close physical contact with a person infected with COVID-19 is likely to be enough for the transmission of the virus. Perhaps, it is due to this reason that the Australian government deemed it fit to issue the following guidelines.
Sexual practices guidelines as issued by Australian Government to prevent COVID spread
- As per the latest guidelines, people getting physically intimate with partners they have been living with is not a cause of concern.
- The guidelines suggest that intimacy with a new partner could be risky when it comes to COVID-19 exposure. A distance of one and a half meters or 6 feet is recommended in that case.
- Since COVID-19 can be transmitted through saliva, experts have suggested that people should refrain from kissing each other.
- The government has also recommended ‘solo sex’ or use of technology for engaging in sexual activities.
- Use of condoms has been advised, as it can prevent diseases such as COVID-19, as well as other sexually transmitted infections.
What you need to know about COVID-19 and its sexual transmission
As per experts, being in close proximity of a person infected with COVID-19 is enough to put you at risk, whether you are getting intimate with them or not. However, kissing can lead to exchange in saliva, which can spike your risk even further. Previously, researchers had recommended the use of face masks even indoors, especially when engaging in sexual activities, to minimize the risk of COVID-19. As per experts, you must also adhere to the following guidelines to minimize the risk of COVID transmission during sexual practices.
- Avoid sexual intercourse with multiple partners during the pandemic,
- Avoid engaging in sexual practices with people who have symptoms of COVID-19.
- Avoid sexual behaviours that have a risk of faecal-oral transmission or that involve semen or urine.
- Wash your hands, shower before and after sexual activities.