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Sex & the Pandemic: how the current crisis is affecting intimacy

With couples either separated or bound together by the lockdown, writer Michelle Heffernan looks at how the current crisis is affecting intimacy

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Some couples will have more sex, others less...

Some couples will have more sex, others less...

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Some couples will have more sex, others less...

'Last Monday the HSE released official guidelines on coronavirus and sex, outlining that "being sexually active with another person involves some risk of getting the virus."

While COVID-19 cannot be passed on sexually, it can be spread through touch, kissing and close contact. Thus experts are advising sexual activity only with someone you live with who does not have the virus or show symptoms. Also, we are being advised to wash before and after sex.

Each new health restriction creates a new barrier to intimacy, and challenges for our sexual wellbeing. So how is lockdown really affecting sexual activity? Is everyone having more sex or is desire taking a downturn?