We Can’t Get Over NYC’s Official “Sex and Coronavirus” Guide

"You are your safest sex partner."

Carrie Bradshaw found quaking, because the New York City Department of Health has unveiled a brilliantly written guide to safe sex in the time of the coronavirus pandemic.

The two-page guide, published on the agency’s website this Saturday, March 21, outlines strategies sexually active New Yorkers of any sexual orientation or gender identity can use to mitigate the spread of the virus as COVID-19 continues to claim lives nationwide.

Since the coronavirus spreads so easily upon physical contact, health officials are advising Americans nationwide to stay home and minimize contact with others as key preventative measures. But NYC Health’s literature takes that guidance a step further, acknowledging that one close-contact situation is a regular fixture of most New Yorkers’ lives: sex.

The guide made the rounds on Twitter this weekend, in part because its straightforward, inclusive language is—well, just take a look at these excerpts:

You are your safest sex partner. Masturbation will not spread COVID-19, especially if you wash your hands (and any sex toys) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after sex. …

If you usually meet your sex partners online or make a living by having sex, consider taking a break from in-person dates. Video dates, sexting or chat rooms may be options for you. …

Rimming (mouth on anus) might spread COVID-19. Virus in feces may enter your mouth.

Condoms and dental dams can reduce contact with saliva or feces, especially during oral or anal sex.

Informative, non-judgmental literature advising residents of one of America’s most densely populated cities how to safely meet their sexual needs? New Yorkers can have it, as a little treat.

View the full guide as a PDF here, and remember, no hot hookup is worth furthering the spread of a deadly virus. Stay home and practice social distancing, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) official recommendation.

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