The people of Thailand have been given a long string of frustrating recommendations to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission, from curfews to masks to hand sanitiser and social distancing.
But yesterday, the Ministry of Health sent a new recommendation into the country and may have crossed a line by not engaging in sexual activities to prevent the spread of the Covid19 virus.
The director of the health department’s reproductive health agency made a statement last night that will no doubt cause a rift in people’s minds, advising the best man not to have sex lest it be a health risk during the spread of Covid-19 and that people should avoid it.
The doctor said anyone who suspects they have Covid-19 or is awaiting the results of a Coronavirus test should refrain from sexual activity until they are sure they don’t have the virus. And of course, if you have already tested positive for Covid19, you should FULLY avoid all sex until a doctor has declared you completely infection-free.
The Health Ministry representative also warned that people should avoid having sex with strangers in these risky and uncertain times. Covid-19, like sexually transmitted diseases, can be spread from person to person through intimate contact, even with someone without visible signs of infection.
The Agency for Reproductive Health informs people that if they have concerns or want more information about sexual safety, they can visit the Thai Save Thai website for information and risk assessment. But be careful: in Thailand, some alternatives to sex can also put you in hot water.
Meanwhile, the office is reminding people to avoid sex with strangers and anyone at risk of getting infected with Covid-19. As for the official Covid-19 safety warnings, wearing a mask might not seem like such a personal offence because of this warning.
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