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Rebecca Reid explores whether sex in self-isolation is really a good idea
Rebecca Reid explores whether sex in self-isolation is really a good idea

You don’t have to look far, at the moment, for talk of a coronavirus baby boom. All over social media, people are predicting that - nine months down the line - a new generation will be born. Some are even calling them the ‘Coronials’. 

Excuse the biology lesson, but to make a baby you need to be having sex. Which, according to a , is not the case. 

三级成人视频They asked 1,634 people what they would do in self-isolation to pass the time, and it turns out that sex is about as popular as an empty loo roll shelf. Just three per cent of women said that they’d be having self-isolation sex, and five per cent of men. 

Interestingly, international crises have not always had this effect on our collective libidos. During the Second World War, responsible for the greatest loss of life in the 20th century, casual sex was so endemic that it was considered a national security threat, with the US government having to introduce propaganda campaigns warning about STDs. It seems that the prospect of going into battle without ever having got your leg over was unappealing, and women living away from home and working for the first time suddenly had the freedom to sleep with people before their wedding night. 

三级成人视频Coronavirus presents a different set of problems. Rather than the romance of your beloved shipping off to the Somme, you’ve got the realisation that the person you share a house - and possibly a marriage contract - with likes to whistle, or eat a noisy bowl of soup over their laptop at lunch. Anecdotally, most couples I know have had any illusions of romantic co working, with a quickie in the afternoon, shattered by the realisation that 24 hours in one house together is a lot. 

Then there’s the anxiety of the whole thing. All I can think about at the moment  is my own mortality. It’s quite hard to reach a climax when a voice in the back of your head is trying to work out how many months you could live off your canned goods reserves for, or how likely you are to be given a ventilator in hospital.  

The question of having sex during social distancing or self-isolation assumes that you’ve got someone to have sex with who either lives with you, or close enough by that you can follow the instructions to avoid non-essential travel. Anyone who is in a new relationship, will likely be spending the coming weeks wondering whether they’ll still have a boy or girlfriend when the virus passes.

Tinder US have cancelled events, in line with general guidance, and the dating app Hinge is encouraging users to enjoy its video chat mode, where you can have a virtual date, rather than meeting in person. All very practical, but also all very likely to mean that singles are not having sex (at least, with other people).  

It’s not quite so clear cut as Covid killing our libidos stone dead, though. It will come as no surprise to anyone who has worked from home for an extended period of time that porn providers have been going gangbusters - especially in countries where isolation has been mandated. 

When Italy went into full lock down, that its premium service would become free to all Italian adults. Erotic film maker Erika Lust三级成人视频 told me, “Across my streaming sites XConfessions, LustCinema and EroticFilms, I have noticed an average increase of 20-30 per cent in viewing hours from my users since the outbreak of Covid-19, and since more countries have started quarantining people. Whether people are self- isolating or in lock down, naturally they are looking for ways to entertain themselves and self pleasure is a great way to pass the time. Not to mention the fact that orgasms will help relieve some of the worries and stress we're all feeling during these times.”

So could it be that we’re all nihilistically horny, but worried about any risks which might come from having sex? After all, most of us have been lectured since puberty about the potential dangers associated with copulation. At a time where we’re supposed to stand six feet apart from each other, even when outside, perhaps it’s no surprise that we’re not taking our clothes off and leaping into bed. 

三级成人视频I asked Dr Carlos E. Rodríguez-Díaz, associate professor of prevention and community health at George Washington University, whether we need to be skipping sex in order to avoid contracting coronavirus. He explained: “There is no evidence that Covid-19 can be transmitted via sexual intercourse; either vaginal or anal. However, kissing is a very common practice during sex, and the virus can be transmitted via saliva. Therefore, the virus can be transmitted by kissing. There is also of oral-fecal transmission of the COVID-19 and that implies that oral-anal sex may represent a risk for infection.” 

三级成人视频So while the actual act isn’t a risk, kissing or other raunchier bedroom activities might be best avoided. But do we need to stop having sex entirely?

“No. We can make wise decisions and explore safe ways of having sex. Sexual intercourse may decrease during the next few weeks, but other forms of expressing eroticism such as sexting, video-calls, and masturbation will continue to be options.,” says Dr Rodriguez-Diaz.

There are lots of ways to have sex, many of which don’t have to include physical contact - if anything this could provide an opportunity to be more creative and inventive about how you get it on. And there’s no right or wrong way to feel about sex during this strange and frightening time.

Indeed, as an anxious person, it doesn't take much to throw me off and send my sex drive into hibernation, I certainly haven't felt up to much between the sheets over the last couple of weeks. But this afternoon, standing in the supermarket buying the essentials (wine), worrying about a potential quarantine, it occurred to me that a packet of condoms would be a sensible investment. After all, there's only so much Scrabble you can play.