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Love in the times of the coronavirus: sex without kisses and with a mask

Advice from a Canadian health expert causes a stir on social media

These displays of affection may not return.

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TORONTO, Canada – The recommendation of Canada’s highest health authority, Dr. Theresa Tam, of keep sexual intercourse covering your face with a mask and no kissing to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 it is causing perplexity and a stir.

Tam, who since the beginning of the pandemic has become the main authority on coronavirus with his daily press conferences to report on the development of the disease in the country, took advantage of a statement issued this Wednesday to Recommend the use of the mask during sexual activity.

“Sexual health is an important part of our global health. However, sexual relations can be complicated in the times of COVID-19, especially for those without an intimate partner in their home or for those whose sexual partner is at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 ”, Tam explained.

“Like other activities during COVID-19 that involve physical proximity, there are some things we can do to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading the virus,” added the Director of Public Health Canada.

Tam then suggested that the lowest risk sexual activity during the pandemic is masturbation but recommended, among other measures, that if one decides to have personal sexual encounters, “Avoid kisses and face-to-face contact” as well as “consider wearing a mask that covers the nose and mouth.”

Tam also recalled that current medical evidence indicates that “there is very little chance of contracting the coronavirus” from semen or vaginal fluids.

After the unusual recommendations of the doctor, today Marni Soupcoff, one of the commentators of the Canadian newspaper The National Post, recalled that weeks after the start of the pandemic Tam told the Canadian population that people without symptoms did not have to wear masks and that they could even increase the risk of contracting the disease.

“Tam is now so enthusiastic about masks that he has suggested that people use them during sex. Not that anyone has asked (COVID-19 is not a sexually transmitted disease). Just now Tam is so pro mask. People can change ”, Soupcoff wrote.

Tam’s recommendation has been picked up in recent hours by the main media around the world. And on Twitter, the advice has become yet another excuse for fights between supporters and opponents of masks.

“Why is it crazy to use a condom with a new sexual partner? Why is it crazy to wear a mask with a new sexual partner during COVID-19? If you want to have sex in a promiscuous way, you need to be responsible for not infecting others, “summarized a Twitter user today.