As Coronavirus spreads like wildfire around the world, you may be wondering lots of things… should I go to the gym? The mall? The club? And especially, can I get Coronavirus from my date?
While we can’t tell you whether to quarantine yourself or not, but maybe we can shed a little light on the question “can I get Coronavirus from sex?” I.e, is Coronavirus sexually transmitted?
Or maybe we can’t.
All that brings us to our next question: Can you contract the coronavirus from having sex? What about kissing? How about oral?
The short answer is that experts really don’t know. “What we know thus far is that COVID-19 is present in respiratory secretions,” Kristin Englund, MD, of the department of infectious disease at the Cleveland Clinic, tells Health. Respiratory secretions include droplets that exit a person’s mouth from coughing or sneezing. Because these secretions from an infected person can carry the virus, some countries (like France) are discouraging people from greeting one another with a cheek kiss, reported The Washington Post.
But kissing a partner, of course, is far more intimate than a random peck on the cheek. While it makes sense that kissing someone infected with COVID-19 could leave you infected, “at this point in time, we don’t know these specific details,” says Dr. Englund. What we do know is that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the virus can spread from “close contact” with someone, with close contact generally defined as being within six feet of a person. If you’re kissing or having sex, well, you’re well within this limit…and potentially at risk if your partner carries the virus.
So we suppose the answer to “can you get Coronavirus from sex?” Is a very vague maybe. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t continue to enjoy going on dates… but perhaps it’s time to add “and have you been exposed to COVID-19?” in your pre-date screenings.