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Seriously, how do you continue dating during the COVID-19 pandemic? Or have sex with someone new? It was difficult enough to find a partner in the ordinary world, but with the pandemic, it seems nearly impossible.
Now you need to practice social distancing, wear masks in crowded places, and accept the fact that most big events have been canceled.
It's no wonder that more singles than ever have turned to online dating apps. But if you absolutely must go on a physical date with someone, it's important to follow the recommended dating guidelines during coronavirus. And this article's here to give you some pointers on that. Sound good? Let's dive in.Sex and dating during the COVID-19 pandemic is complicated. However, it can be done with these tips.Click To Tweet
What Can You Do On Dates Right Now?
First of all, if you can avoid going out, by all means, stay home.
But here's a secret: meeting someone new is not as bad as it seems. You're crossing people's paths almost every day at the grocery store.
If that doesn't make you anxious about catching the virus, then meeting someone for a nice coffee shouldn't feel that bad.
Let's hope the cafes stay open for now.
Just make sure to bring your face mask to limit the passing or catching of any germs.
Speaking of Face Masks
Lately, my family has been using a cloth face mask by Sunny Bay that is microwavable, washable, and reusable.
This face mask is handmade and comes in three different sizes with two sets of elastic ear loops.
We absolutely loved being able to choose the ear loop size!
As a family of five, ranging in age from 11 to 94, we have many different sized faces to accommodate. However, having the option to fit the ear loops to a specific person is a must.
This option enabled my husband and son to wear the same sized mask despite my husband being larger.
Once we found the perfect size we just cut the extra loop off!
The nose and chin area is contoured for better protection and fit.
While the contour definitely helps close up gaps between the mask and your face, personally, I like to also have a nose clip. Masks, for some reason, often slide up too close to my eyes and bother me without them.
Luckily, it was easy to add a nose clip with just a couple of snips of my scissors and an aluminum nose bridge strip with adhesive.
Be aware though, adding a nose strip, will force you to wear the mask in one direction, whereas without out it you can wear it in either.
Each one of these two-layered cloth face masks is individually sealed.
Not like ziplock bag sealed, but like heat-sealed—giving you extra peace of mind.
It's a really great cloth face mask that would be perfect for dating!
But look, if seeing anyone new makes you uncomfortable, then feel free to take your dates online. When doing online dating during coronavirus, ideas like making a Zoom or FaceTime video calls are a great safe alternative to meeting at a bar or restaurant.
You can still dress up for it, but the cool thing is that the drinks are much cheaper.
And What About Having Sex?
The general guidelines for safe sex during COVID-19:
- Even though it's easy to find new mates through online dating sites, it's good to keep the maximum number of partners at two.
- The most important thing is to have an overview of your partners' interactions and how many people they've been in connection with.
- Here's where the face masks really come in handy. Wearing a face covering during sex will stop your respiratory droplets from spreading.
- Needless to say, a mask should be on both partners' faces.
- If possible, do not have orgies. More than two people are simply too many for a sexual experience these days.
How Long After Sex Should You Get Tested For COVID-19?
Here's the thing: testing for coronavirus earlier than five days after the encounter might get you inaccurate results.
The perfect time to get tested is somewhere between five to 14 days.
But remember: the symptoms of coronavirus can take up to two weeks to appear.
Just because you feel fine a week after having sex with a new person doesn't mean you didn't get infected.
Intimate Dating During Coronavirus: Things To Do Other Than Sex
Once you've started dating (online or offline), and things are going great, the next step doesn't have to be necessarily sex.
Here's something intimate to do instead: keep a journal to pass back and forth. And no, we're not talking about a regular journal where you put down things that happened to you during the day.
This journal is for erotic ideas. It's a great way to learn about each other and what each partner would love to do.
How to start dating during COVID-19? The most important thing is to weigh all the risk factors of in-person meetings and modify the dates accordingly.
Give the tips from this article a go and enjoy safe dates during the pandemic. Do that, and you'll keep both your health and love life intact. What could be more important?
How do you approach dating and sex during the pandemic? Leave a comment below; we'd love to hear from you.