By Ella Makondo
Canada’s Lead Medical Doctor, Dr Theresa Tam has warned against kissing during the COVID-19 pandemic to avoid its spread.
Dr. Tam, who is Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer disclosed this in a public statement she issued on Wednesday on staying safe from the virus when engaging in sexual activities.
According to her, sex during the pandemic can be complicated and the best was to skip kissing and perhaps wear a mask to prevent spreading Covid-19.
She urged people to establish relationship first and partners should also consider using a mask that covers the nose and mouth during sexual intercourse.
“Sexual health is an important part of our overall health. However, sex can be complicated in the time of Covid-19…” with risks increasing for partners engaging with people outside their household.
“The lowest risk of sexual activity during Covid-19 involves yourself alone. But for Canadians choosing to engage in an in-person sexual encounter” outside their bubble, she suggests a number of steps to reduce risk including “avoiding face-to-face contact or closeness.”
“Current evidence indicates there is a very low likelihood of contracting the novel coronavirus through semen or vaginal fluids. However, even if the people involved do not have symptoms, sexual activity with new partners does increase your risk of getting or passing Covid-19 through close contact, like kissing,” the statement said.