Can Coronavirus Be Sexually Transmitted?

April 3, 2020
The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is transmitted primarily through respiratory droplets, and isn’t present in sexual fluids. Sexual contact implies an intimacy and closeness that can indeed represent a risk. We tell you the precautions that you need to take.

Due to the current pandemic spreading throughout the planet, everybody’s talking about coronavirus. There’s a lot of information about it, most of which aren’t scientific. But one thing we want to know is, can it be sexually transmitted?

It’s a new virus and there’s still a lot we don’t know about it. Today, numerous investigations and studies are already underway to understand it better.

However, we do know how it’s transmitted. Therefore, we’ll use this article to explain this and discuss the risks of it being sexually transmitted.

What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a family of viruses. A strain of coronavirus named SARS-COV-2 emerged in China in December 2019.

First of all, many infected people are asymptomatic, especially children and young people. However, it can also cause cold or flu-like symptoms. This virus can cause respiratory failure, and even death.

Those at high risk of complications from infection are the elderly and those with weak immune systems. But, as we have mentioned, there are many asymptomatic people, so the risk of transmitting the infection without knowing is high.

Coronavirus.
The SARS-CoV-2 strain circulates among many asymptomatic people who can transmit it

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How is it transmitted?

Scientists have discovered that coronavirus spreads through respiratory droplets of infected people. We expel these droplets when we cough, sneeze, or even speak.

The virus then spreads from person to person. To avoid infection, we need to keep a distance of 6.5 feet between people, because droplets disintegrate at a greater distance, and can’t survive long in the air.

Furthermore, it appears that you can get coronavirus by touching contaminated objects. Hence why we need to frequently wash our hands.

Perhaps you’ll find this interesting: Washing your hands: coronavirus’s biggest enemy

Can coronavirus be sexually transmitted?

There’s no evidence to prove that coronavirus is present in sexual fluids. Therefore, technically, we can’t get the virus through intercourse. However, sex is an intimate and close act that involves many other aspects.

Kissing, for example. Most people kiss during sex. The virus spreads through respiratory droplets, so kissing poses a greater risk.

Also, intimate contact with anyone poses a risk, since you don’t know whether or not they have the infection. Currently, most countries have put a quarantine period in place. Governments have advised not to visit other people, and much less have an intimate relationship with someone you don’t live with.

It’s different for two people that are confined together. There are no guidelines for intercourse during quarantine for those who live together. If there are no symptoms or a history of recent exposure, there’s no reason to be scared.

A couple wearing masks.
If a couple lives together, there’s nothing to say you can’t have sex during quarantine, unless one of you is suffering from symptoms

What to remember about sex and coronavirus

We can’t contract coronavirus from sexual fluids. However, intercourse involves being close and that can pose risks. If you’re confined with someone, and both of you are risk-free, there’s nothing to say you can’t have sex.

Also, we need to remember that many other sexual acts don’t involve contact or penetration, and we can explore other ways of enjoying intimacy.

Some people try to be sexually active through video calls, sexting or masturbation. The important thing is to try to prevent infection as much as possible so that you don’t put your health or others at risk.

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