In this context of the Covid-19 epidemic, physical distancing is one of the essential barrier gestures to protect oneself and others from possible contamination. Problem: this measure is incompatible with sexual relations. It is therefore necessary to take certain precautions in the event of intimate intercourse, starting by making sure that your partner does not present symptoms suggestive of Covid-19.
To reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading, Canadian health authorities have gone even further in the recommendations. They propose to limit physical contact during sex, in particular by practicing … the “glory hole”. “Use barriers, such as walls (for example, the glory hole), which allow sexual contact but prevent close face-to-face contact,” read the British Columbia Center for Disease Control website, the agency said. British Columbia Public Health Department.
“Glory hole”: a physical separation between partners
“Glory hole” literally means “glory hole”. This sexual practice consists of making holes in walls or partitions allowing the insertion of a penis in order to have sex with the person on the other side or to receive a fellatio. It helps to maintain anonymity and also ensures a physical separation between partners.
A recommendation to say the least surprising about which Internet users have not hesitated to joke on social networks.
The BC Center for Disease Control is recommending using “glory holes” to practice safe sex during the pandemic – and I just want to know if this is a common thing people have in their homes. pic.twitter.com/sS7vmFuCDa
– Kamil Karamali (@KamilKaramali) July 21, 2020
Covid-19: is sexual transmission possible?
This isn’t the only amazing advice from the British Columbia Center for Disease Control. In the event of sexual intercourse, the public health agency also recommends wearing a mask or choosing positions that limit face to face contact. And for good reason: saliva droplets are the main vector of transmission of Covid-19.
What about a possible sexual transmission? Scientists have looked into the question, but it is not yet decided. A Chinese study published in May 2020 in the journal Jama Network Open revealed that the sperm of some patients with Covid-19 showed traces of the virus. “Further studies are needed with regard to detailed information on virus excretion, survival time and concentration in semen,” the researchers nevertheless stressed.
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