The Coronavirus Lockdown & Sex

A resource for information on sex during the coronavirus pandemic.

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  1. Saving Sex Ed During COVID-19

    “With the pandemic-fueled pivot to online education, experts are hoping sex ed won’t get lost in the fray.”

    Joseph P. Williams, usnews.com, 10/29/2020

  2. Getting Back In The Game

    “COVID can’t kill singles’ quest for love. Two-thirds of singles are ready to date in person again! Gen Z men are the most eager, with 50% claiming they’re ‘very ready.’  The enthusiasm isn’t shared by everyone though. 68% of Boomer women claim they’re ‘not ready at all.’”

    Match, singlesinamerica.com, accessed 10/29/2020

  3. Coronavirus Means Less Sex – [At Least] For Chinese, Americans, British, Turkish

    “A survey of Americans this month by dating website Match.com found that more than 70 per cent of single Americans did not have sex at all from March to October, while a US study by the Kinsey Institute in June found Americans in general were having less sex – one reason being tension between couples isolated together at home.”

    Stephen Chen, scmp.com, 10/28/2020

  4. People Are Still Having Sex. So Why Are S.T.D. Rates Dropping? [Or Are They?]

    “Public health officials believe many cases are going undetected as clinics close during the pandemic and testing supplies are diverted to coronavirus screening.”

    Jan Hoffman, nytimes.com, 10/28/2020

  5. Doctor [Lisa Kirkland] Answers Questions About Coronavirus, How It Relates To Safe Sex

    “Sex in the age of coronavirus – should you or shouldn’t you? [Dr. Lisa] Kirkland says if you are infected with coronavirus or test positive, you should be staying 6 feet away from everyone.”

    Lisa Robinson, wbaltv.com, 10/7/2020

  6. What Is Coronalingus & Should You Be Having It?

    “Though at first I assume the word had something to do with oral sex (after all, ‘lingus’ comes from the Latin word lingere, ‘to lick’), it’s actually not that specific. Urban Dictionary defines coronalingus as ‘sex during the coronavirus time of social distancing.’”

    MOLLY LONGMAN, refinery29.com, 10/1/2020

  7. Is COVID-19 Affecting Your Sex Life?

    “Of course, COVID-19 presents new and interesting challenges for some, such as couples quarantining with others who don’t typically live with them, and those who live far apart and cannot be intimate. Plus, some people are finding it difficult to find private moments because children (both adult and younger) are spending more time at home. But couples 50 and older continue to find ways to surmount COVID-19 hurdles.”

    Carlett Spike, aarp.org, 9/30/2020

  8. People Are Apparently Jerking Off With Their Phones During the Pandemic

    “If you needed another reason to carry hand sanitizer around, just remember that at least 1.6 million people worldwide downloaded a vibrator app in July.”

    Jody Serrano, gizmodo.com, 8/1/2020

  9. Sex Workers Must Not Be Forgotten In The COVID-19 Responsee

    “Most sex workers, even those who can move their work online, have been financially compromised and some are unable to stop in-person services. It is imperative that sex workers are afforded access to social protection schemes as equal members of society.”

    Lucy Platt, Jocelyn Elmes, Luca Stevenson, Victoria Holt, Stephen Rolles, and Rachel Stuart, Lancet, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, 7/2020

  10. Can I Have Sex? A Guide To Intimacy During The Coronavirus Outbreak

    “With countries on lockdown and millions being made to stay at home, it’s unsurprising many couples and single people are wondering what coronavirus means for their sex lives. With this in mind, we asked three experts five of the most pressing questions about intimacy during the pandemic.”

    Danielle Renwick, theguardian.com, 4/5/2020

  11. Coronavirus And Sex: Questions And Answers

    “Some of us are mating in actual captivity. Some of us not at all. The pandemic raises lots of issues around safe intimate physical contact, and what it may look like in the future.”

    Jen Gunter, OBGYN, nytimes.com, 4/4/2020

  12. Sex Toy Sales Are Skyrocketing During The Coronavirus Pandemic

    “It seems plenty of people have already been on that wave. Online sales for sex toys and sex toy accessories saw significant increases throughout the month of March, according to business owners who spoke to VICE.”

    Hannah Smothers, vice.com, 4/3/2020

  13. Coronavirus And Sex: What You Need To Know

    “If I have sex can I catch coronavirus? You might have thought about it but been too embarrassed to ask. To separate the facts from myths, we’ve put your questions to health experts.”

    Celestina Olulode, bbc.com, 3/30/2020

  14. Can Your Marriage Survive The Coronavirus?

    “Don’t push for sex: No, having sex with your partner isn’t going to increase your odds of getting coronavirus. Still, according to Britney Blair, a clinical psychologist and sex therapist in Northern California, you may find that sexual desire in the time of coronavirus falls short of what it usually is, since stress hampers libido for about 85 percent of us.”

    Matt Villano, cnn.com, 3/28/2020

  15. LGBT+ People Warned Off Casual Sex Go Online During Coronavirus

    “With LGBT+ communities warned off casual sex during the coronavirus pandemic, the latest dating site figures show people are sending more messages online to meet new people, flirt – and swap explicit images.”

    Hugo Greenhalgh, reuters.com, 3/27/2020

  16. Sex and Love in the Time of Coronavirus

    “The novel coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 has been quickly spreading around the world. In the United States, as well as in other countries, this has led to increasing calls to engage in social distancing practices. Many are wondering if it’s safe to date and/or have sex during the coronavirus pandemic. This is not a simple yes or no question. The level of risk will be different depending on a variety of factors …”

    Elizabeth Boskey, PhD, verywellhealth.com, 3/23/2020