The declaration of COVID-19, a.k.a. coronavirus, as a pandemic has everyone stocking up on canned goods and toilet paper. Almost 125,000 cases have been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO), with close to 1,000 cases reported in the United States as of the publication of this article.
Although coronavirus is mild for most people and some even carry the virus without any symptoms, it can be deadly. Twenty-nine people have died in the US from coronavirus. Those at the highest risk of developing severe illness are older populations (age 60 and up) and anyone with pre-existing health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer, or diabetes.
As more people self-quarantine, work from home, and distance themselves in other ways in order to try to avoid catching COVID-19, it's inevitable that at least some of us are thinking about copulating. (It's a natural human urge, after all.) But is it OK to have sex right now?