The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has infected more than 4.5 million people worldwide and has proven that it will change the way we go about our lives.
While around the world people make adjustments to going to work, working out, shopping and the other daily expectations of their lives, one individual is calling attention to an activity many have given little or no thought to – sex.
According to former US Surgeon General Dr Joycelyn Elders said the virus will change our outlook on sex and relationships.
“We now know about the importance of keeping ourselves and other people healthy.”– Former US Surgeon General Dr Joycelyn Elders
In an interview with Forbes magazine, Dr Elders said this impact will be particularly evident for couples that live apart.
“We all want to be safe. And I think that if you and your partner or whomever are able to really talk openly and honestly with each other, the safer the sex you have will be,” she said.
“I think [social distancing] is going to mean we’re going to learn a lot more about how to build healthy relationships,” Dr Elders said, adding “And healthy sex can’t really exist without healthy relationships.”
For people looking to have casual encounters to sustaining long-term relationships, the virus has forced people to open up the lines of communication to facilitate greater non-physical interactions and limit potential transmission of the virus.
“I think it’s increased our awareness of our health and the awareness of public health. We now know about the importance of keeping ourselves and other people healthy.”