Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam, shown arriving for a news conference in West Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 1, says people will need to be even more vigilant about following public health guidance as the fall weather shifts activities indoors. (Justin Tang/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

COVID-19:  Do ‘it’ with a mask: Canada’s top doctor

Could it be just a little kinky perhaps?  Canada’s top doctor concerned about spreading the COVID-19 virus has suggested that new sex partners should wear a mask during their tryst..

In a statement from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC),  Dr Theresa Tam  noted “Sexual health is an important part of our overall health. However, sex can be complicated in the time of COVID-19, especially for those without an intimate partner in their household or whose sexual partner is at higher risk for COVID-19”.

With a new partner the PHAC statement also recommended that during sex, you should “skip kissing” and  “avoid face-to-face contact or closeness”.

 The story has piqued he interest of international news media with several U.S. and European outlets reporting on it.

The suggestions are somewhat similar to COVID sex guidelines issue by the west coast British Columbia public health agency in July. It went a bit further suggesting erecting a barrier between partners during sex and creating a “glory hole’.

The statement also says that so far there’s little evidence of transmission of the virus through semen or vaginal fluids.

The safest way to have sex both agencies said, it by yourself.

Dr Tam’s statement also notes that of the over 129,000 positive cases, 88.5 per cent have recovered.

The statement concludes with the comment “ By taking these precautions and staying conscious of the risks we assume, Canadians can find ways to enjoy physical intimacy while safeguarding the progress we have all made containing COVID-19.”

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