These are dark times, there is no denying.
Sums up our situation, don’t you think? Coronavirus has put the entire world in a lockdown. People are frantically googling coronavirus news trying to make sense of this chaos. But while you are tied to your bed for the next 40 days or so, how about you actually try to get closer to your bedroom? Hence, instead of giving you life-altering coronavirus tips, I’m going to help you practice safe love in the time of corona.
In 1985, Gabriel García Márquez published his book, Love in the Time of Cholera. Needless to say, he was a poet disguised as a novelist. But reading the book made me realise that we are indeed witnessing the cholera of our era a.k.a. coronavirus.
Is it safe to make love in the time of corona?
Social distancing has been the talk of the
town world today. And while the doctors gave out coronavirus tips to the masses, they forgot to discuss the much-needed question; can you make love in the time of corona?
Although there are no reports of coronavirus getting transmitted through sex, the disease can spread through touch. Since sex is the most intimate physical activity, it makes you wonder if sex is safe.
How can I ensure coronavirus prevention while having sex?
Technically, sex is safe. But you can’t do it without the precautions. Remember how PornHub made a video about this couple having sex with masks on for extra safety? That cracked me up but it’s accurate.
Now you may ask, “How will I kiss my partner if we have masks on?”
Well, you can ditch the masks if you are both careful enough. These tips might come in handy tonight before you spread your love in the time of corona.
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
This is a no-brainer, so let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. Make this part of your routine because you will have to follow it for the entire year. In fact, you should never have sex without washing your hands. It can cause infection around your genitals and it won’t be pretty.
Change your sheets
In case you weren’t doing this already, you ought to do it now. Replace your bedsheet with a new one every week, especially if your sex life is really active. Ensure you wash them with either rubbing alcohol or a potent antiseptic liquid.
Disinfect your bed and bedside tables
You can’t be too sure about what you touch when you are in the moment. Perhaps you like to hold on to the bars over your head or your sex alter ego doesn’t have any control over how you move. In any case, make sure you spray a disinfectant on and around your bed just before you have sex. Even if you end up touching anything, you won’t have to rush to the bathroom mid-sex.
Brush your teeth
If you want to make out, it will come at a price. Your mouth is home to a million bacteria. The last thing you want to do is transfer them into your partner’s. Be good and head over to that basin. You can either rinse your mouth using a mouthwash or actually take the time to brush your teeth. Do this after you are done having sex, too. You don’t want the bacteria from your partner’s mouth lingering around inside yours, either.
How can I protect my mental health during corona?
It’s bad enough that we don’t prioritise sex in India. We don’t need to add mental health to the list, too. It’s okay to be frazzled during corona. Give yourself time to heal if you don’t want this disease, which will eventually pass, to affect all aspects of your life.
- Tune out the news
Switch off the news channels. Stop bombarding yourself with toxicity. Don’t worry, the whole world is staying indoors, so it’s not like you’re missing out on anything. And quit checking the death toll like it’s a cricket score.
- Have conversations
If you are tired of sleeping or watching web series, turn off your laptop. Use this time to catch up with your partner. Tell stories or perhaps read some. Solve relationship problems that have been bothering you for a while but you never found the time or motivation to work on them.
The world has literally slowed down. And you’ve been given the gift of time and love in the time of corona. It’s now or never! Maybe we should take a cue from this and start healing ourselves. Relearn to appreciate your partner and their needs.
Seek professional help
There is no shame in speaking to a good certified mental health professional who can guide you through this tough time. If you are having difficulty sleeping or feeling unusually anxious because of all the coronavirus news, you should work towards finding solutions. You deserve some love in the time of corona!