Why certain couples in coronavirus self-isolation should not have sex

Randy folk self-isolating during the coronavirus crisis should not have sex if they fall into certain categories.

That's the advice from Professor Paul Hunter, who made it abundantly clear who should and should not be killing the quarantine boredom with action between the sheets.

He said nookie should be off the cards for singles and couples who do not live together or are "vulnerable" to Covid-19.

Those with a "bohemian" sex life involving intimacy with some or several other people should also stop having sexual contact with others, he added.

In a couple, if one person is showing symptoms and living in isolation away from the other person then sex should be avoided for seven days.

High-risk groups include those aged 70 or over, people with an underlying illness, and pregnant women.

Government issued advice urges the public to socially distance themselves as much as possible to slow the spread of coronavirus.

They want people to self-isolate if they have symptoms or live with people who do, but they have not given specific information about sex.

But Prof Hunter said: "If you or your partner are self-isolating because one of you have symptoms, then providing you live together then you do not necessarily need to give up sex for the seven-day period recommended for individual cases to self-isolate.

"However, if your partner is in one of the vulnerable groups because of age, pre-existing disease or she is pregnant, then you need to stay away from them as much as possible, and this would mean avoid sex for the first seven days.

"If your partner does not live with you then they should be staying away."

He advised not having sex if anyone who's going to be involved is feeling unwell, especially if they're showing symptoms of cough or fever.

He said: "The evidence is unclear about whether vigorous exercise is bad for you when you are acutely unwell with fever or pneumonia. Nevertheless, it would probably be best to avoid sex whilst you feel poorly."

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He reminded people to wash their hands regularly for 20 seconds and avoid touching their partner's face with unwashed hands.

Couples with no symptoms can continue with hanky panky if they live together, but he does not recommend mixing with others for sex.

Prof Hunter said: "If your sex life is rather more bohemian and you cannot get to have sex without mixing with some/many other people, this mixing is advised against, so stay at home. This is especially important if you are in one of the at-risk groups"

He added that the main risk of catching the virus during sex "comes from being close, face-to-face, through droplet spread, through kissing and touching each other's faces".

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