Canada’s chief medical officer advised people to wear a mask if they plan to have sex with new partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Theresa Tam made the remarks in a statement released on Wednesday when she talked about some of the ways to keep safe while having sex during a pandemic, according to Reuters.
“Like other activities during COVID-19 that involve physical closeness, there are some things you can do to minimize the risk of getting infected and spreading the virus,” Tam said.
Some of the activities she listed include skip kissing, avoiding face-to-face closeness, wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose and monitor yourself and your partner for symptoms ahead of any sexual activity.
“Sex can be complicated in the time of Covid-19, especially for those without an intimate partner in their household or whose sexual partner is at higher risk for Covid-19,” Tam said, according to Agence France-Presse via South China Morning Post.
“The lowest risk sexual activity during Covid-19 involves yourself alone,” she said.
Tam added people should lessen their consumption of alcohol or “other substances so you and your partner(s) are able to make safe decision.”