People seem to be taking all the necessary precautions to keep coronavirus at bay. Be it washing hands or maintaining social distance, families have included such practices in their day to day life.
Also, with a lack of things to do, people have sought to have sex often in lockdown. And we are not just making this up. There are reports that reveal the same.
Moreover, there is now another report and study that finds that semen can consist of COVID-19 particles, signalling that lovemaking between couples could get problematic.
This is according to a study (published in the Journal of the American Medical Association) conducted by Chinese scientists at Shangqiu Municipal Hospital.
The hospital had reportedly conducted the study by collecting samples of 38 coronavirus infected people. Out of the 38, six people semen tested positive of coronavirus. These people were aged between 20-50.
Researchers stated in their study, “If it could be proved that [the coronavirus] can be transmitted sexually … that might be a critical part of the prevention, especially considering the fact that it was detected in the semen of recovering patients.”
You don’t have to stop having sex at least for now.
However, that, for now, doesn’t mean you must stop having sex. An in-depth analysis of the study still needs to be be done taking more people into consideration. “Further studies are required with respect to the detailed information about virus shedding, survival time and concentration in semen,” the doctors have said.
Another study conducted a while back had found no traces of coronavirus in the semen of humans.
Allan Pacey, a Professor of Andrology at Britain’s Sheffield University, said in a conversation with Reuters, “We should not be surprised if the virus which causes COVID-19 is found in the semen of some men, since this has been shown with many other viruses such as Ebola and Zika.”
Still, if you want to be 100% safe, use safety, like a condom, while having sex.