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'Mask up' during COVID-era sex, doctor warns

Canada's top doctor advises new couples to avoid kissing
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Posted at 2:22 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 09:38:22-04

Couples having sex during the COVID-19 pandemic should wear masks, even if the parties involved are in a "trusting" relationship, warns one of North America's top doctors.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Dr. Theresa Tam of the Canadian Public Health Agency also suggested new couples avoid kissing altogether to remain extra safe.

Despite the odds of contracting COVID-19 through semen or vaginal fluids, Tam says those who engage in sexual activities with new partners increase their risk of catching the virus.

Couples already involved in an intimate relationship should practice caution during sex if one partner is at higher risk for COVID-19

The agency also warns couples to avoid the use of alcohol and other substances to make sure "safe decisions" are made.