Globally, people are being asked to stop hooking up in person to prevent COVID-19 transmissions.

You can have sex, but you might want to think about the impact of COVID-19 on you and your partners, and take extra precautions to lower the risk of STIs whilst the NHS might not be able to test or treat you as quickly as you’re used to.

The advice for physical distancing is designed to stop the spread of COVID-19. It involves reducing physical contact to break the onward transmission of COVID-19. Even if you don’t get the symptoms, or get mild symptoms – you might pass it on to someone who could get far more severe symptoms.

There is much more to sex, romance and attraction than just physical contact. You might want to get acquainted with new partners through technology, or open your bottom drawer and use the toys you bought but haven’t got around to using yet. There are lots of options to maintaining your sex drive and ensuring you get pleasure to keep your mental wellbeing strong.

Don’t forget that masturbating can be a good source of comfort in this time of stress.

IMPORTANT: If you, someone you live with, or someone you’ve had sex with recently has had symptoms of COVID-19 (these include a new cough or fever) then we are advising that you should self-isolate for 14 days to prevent further transmissions. Self-isolating means no physical contact – so no physical sex.