Besides its negative effects on our physical health, it is fair to say that Covid-19 has also had a significant impact on our social lives. It has created a new normal which we all have to adapt to; whether we are in a romantic relationship or we are single. Hopefully, these lessons learned in life will help us cope during these trying times.
- Being single during Covid-19
It is fair to say that this pandemic has not left anyone unaffected, and that includes single people. In fact, one might even argue that single people have had a pretty tough time compared to others. Being single, social distancing alone in your home, without knowing when all this is going to end, is quite stressful. Probably more so, if your New Year’s resolutions were to get out more and meet that special someone. You obviously can’t head to a bar or restaurant because they are most likely closed, or most people are staying home.
We are all in this together, and so we all need to find ways to cope with the situation, even if they are not ideal. These days, the safest way to meet someone new is through dating apps or websites. You can also go on virtual dates through video chat apps like Zoom and WhatsApp. Or how about you reconnect with some old friends? Being single and alone in your house does not necessarily mean you need to be lonely. There are lots of creative ways to connect with people without meeting them in person.
- Dating during Covid-19
In and of itself, dating can often be a complicated experience even during the best of circumstances. This certainly becomes trickier during a pandemic in which lots of precautions, such as social distancing and mask-wearing, need to be observed to ensure your safety. Just thinking about all these measures, can deter some people from dating. The same can’t be said for everyone though. So, what can you do to lower your Covid-19 risks while dating?
You have probably heard this a thousand times already, but it’s worth mentioning – it is recommended you avoid close contact with anyone you are not living with to reduce your risks of infection. That said, if you are not already living in the same house with your partner, then you should consider having e-dates. While virtual dates might not be ideal, they are the safest option to stay in touch with your partner. However, if you feel like you really need to see your partner, then choose an outdoor location for your meeting and make sure you are both wearing masks and social distancing.
- Sex during Covid-19
Before getting to sexual activities during this pandemic; it is important to remember that being in close contact (within 6 feet or 2 metres) with an infected person exposes you to the virus that causes Covid-19. The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. This means you can get the virus when you kiss an infected person or just by being in close proximity to that person.
Is the virus sexually transmitted? A number of studies have been carried out to date that have shown the presence of the virus in the semen of infected people, or people who are recovering from the disease. However, there is currently no evidence to show that it can be sexually transmitted. That said, in order to reduce your risks of infection, you should avoid any physical contact with someone you are not living with. Can you have sex with someone who has tested negative and is not living with you? Your best bet would be to avoid intimate contacts altogether with anyone you are not living with, because the virus is highly infectious.
Human connection certainly plays an important role in our mental health, and in our lives in general. However, we really need to take serious precautions by incorporating these lessons learned in life, considering the current threat to our physical health.