The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released guidelines surrounding safe sex during the COVID-19 pandemic. We were curious if people planned to follow those guidelines, so we completed a survey of over 1,000 US adults between the ages of 18-55. The findings might surprise you.
You get COVID-19 from droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. You also get it from saliva and mucus. You can get it from touching a surface that was recently touched by a person with COVID-19.
The main points from the CDC in general about COVID-19 revolve around wearing a mask, washing your hands properly, and keeping social distance. That last part is hard to do unless you’re pleasuring yourself, we get it.
Tips for Safe Sex:
- You are your safest sex partner; masturbation is always safe sex.
- Wash your hands or any sex toys with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after.
- If you live with a partner, check-in first and make sure you are both feeling well before sex.
- Kissing can pass COVID-19. Consider not kissing anyone you do not know or who you are not sure has been isolated for 14 days.
- Rimming, or any sexual activity that involves putting the mouth on the butt/anus, might pass COVID-19. The virus has been found in feces.
- Condoms and dental dams may reduce contact with saliva or feces during oral or anal sex.
- Only have sex or kiss if both partners are feeling well. Do not engage in sexual activity with anyone experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath). Sex and close contact will be waiting for you when you are feeling better.
So, what did our survey respondents say?:
While nearly 55% of correspondents (54% men/43% female) do not believe one should wear a mask post pandemic, 83% of our respondents say they will not follow this new health guidelines. Plus, only 18% said they would get tested for COVID19 within 5-7 days after sexual intercourse with a new partner.
- Only 6% of correspondents believe people should wear masks during intercourse post pandemic
- 57% of correspondents would still have sex with a partner even if they couldn’t kiss or face their partner during intercourse
- 54% do not believe wearing a masks will help prevent the spread of COVID19
- Only 5% of correspondents will wear masks during sex post pandemic. 83% won’t
- 40% will wait longer to have sex with a partner post pandemic than they did in the past.
- People are more concerned about contracting a STI/STD (26%) than contracting COVID19 (19%) from sexual intercourse
- 38% of correspondents believe the pandemic has or will hurt their romantic connections
- Only 24% of those surveyed will change their dating habits post pandemic
During the past few months of quarantine, we saw a healthy spike in sales, which showed us that sexual pleasure is a fundamental part of mental and physical wellbeing. The data in this study aligns with our theory that people are not willing to give up sex, but will perhaps step into this area more cautiously than before.
So tell us, how has COVID-19 changed your sex life? Will you follow CDC guidelines post-COVID?
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