The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not have explicit guidance on how to get frisky safely during the pandemic, but the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) published a comprehensive guide to COVID-19 and sex in May 2020. This handbook has served many a horny individual across the U.S.
According to NYC Health, COVID-19 spreads through saliva, mucus particles, and droplets from the breath of people with the virus. These are all substances that can be exchanged while making out. "Understand that sex places both partners in very close proximity, and therefore can lead to the exchange of respiratory secretions," Dr. Vincent R. Racaniello, professor of microbiology and immunology at Columbia University, previously told Elite Daily.
As for whether COVID-19 can be spread through anal or vaginal sex, scientists don't know for certain yet. But past coronaviruses have proven difficult to transmit through intercourse, and according to NYC Health, COVID-19 has been found in the semen and feces of people with the virus.
Because of this, the department recommends against kissing and rimming during hookup sessions with new partners. Along with condoms and dental dams, NYC Health also endorses wearing a mask during sex with partners you haven't quarantined with — even if you just end up masturbating together.
As you begin your very 2020 hang-out prep, keep in mind that your date expressing contempt for your coronavirus boundaries is a red flag, according to Artschwager. It bears repeating: You're not overreacting by making sure you're safe and protected. Anyone who makes you feel like you're "extra" or "doing the most" isn't worth your time.
And who knows? Your date may be relieved you suggested COVID-19 testing first, and could be super enthusiastic about bookmarking Tasty recipes for your socially-distant picnic. They might even supply fresh face masks and condoms for when you two finally do the deed.
Talking about these things can be a strange, slightly uncomfortable process. But the discomfort is worth it if in the end you feel safe, relaxed, and genuinely hype when meeting up with your quarantine crush.
Dr. Gwen Murphy, director of epidemiology and clinical studies at Let's Get Checked
Dr. Robert Quigley, regional medical director for health security firm International SOS
Clara Artschwager, a dating and relationship coach
Dr. Vincent R. Racaniello, professor of microbiology and immunology at Columbia University