By Nsunjo Erica
Canada’s chief medical officer said on Wednesday that Canadians and the world at large should skip kissing and consider wearing a mask when having sex to protect themselves from catching the coronavirus.
According to Dr. Theresa Tam in a statement, there is little chance of catching COVID-19 from semen or vaginal fluid, but sexual activities with new partners do increase the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus.
Dr. Theresa added that sexual activities like kissing and other close contact activities between lovers which in an actual sense involves inhaling each other’s exhaled air is putting people at higher chances of contracting the virus.
“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.
Canadian Dr. Theresa also recommends that you should skip kissing, avoid 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.
She added that sexual health is an important part of overall health, however, by taking precautions to combat the spread of the virus, “Canadians can find ways to enjoy physical intimacy while safeguarding the progress we have all made containing COVID-19.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, Canada’s COVID-19 cases stood at 129,425, including 9,132 deaths. An average of over 490 new cases has been reported daily in the country during the most recent seven days.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the overall number of global coronavirus cases has reached 23.8 million, as the deaths keep increasing to over 818,000.
The University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that as of Wednesday 26th, August 2020, the total number of global cases stood at 23,820,104 and the fatalities rose to 818,137.