You’ve survived the coronavirus, you’re feeling frisky — and now you’ve got to wait 30 days until you have sex.
Experts are warning people off intimacy — anything from kissing to full intercourse — for more than a month once they’ve recovered from COVID-19.
The advice comes after a Chinese study found that not only saliva but semen may carry the virus.
Now Veerawat Manosutthi, a senior medical expert at the Thai Disease Control Department, is suggesting celibacy for 30 days once someone seems clear of the bug, according to Insider.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), took semen samples from 38 male patients with COVID-19 in China’s Henan province, which borders Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated.
Researchers who analyzed the samples on January 26 and again on February 16 found that about 16% of the men surveyed had traces of COVID-19 in their semen.
They said while they are still unsure whether the illness can be sexually transmitted, it was safer for people to take precautions. This is because other nonsexually transmitted diseases, such as Zika and Ebola, have been proven to spread through sex in the past.
The team of scientists wrote: “The presence of viruses in semen may be more common than currently understood, and traditional nonsexually transmitted viruses should not be assumed to be totally absent in genital secretions.” _Agencies