The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has led to collective stress and anxiety about the future of the world. Ever since the virus spread in China, 723,077 have been infected with it across the globe, while 33,984 people have lost their lives. In India, the number of infected cases has crossed the 1000 mark, which is not a good sign. As of now, no cure or vaccine exists for the virus, and the best way to survive is to practise social distancing and not catch it in the first place.
However, social distancing does come with its own problems--a major one being the effect social isolation can have on our mental health. Thankfully, the internet is full of suggestions on how to best utilise this time at home while keeping your mental health in check, ranging from maintaining a daily routine to taking up new hobbies. But the best advice came from a New York City government organisation, which is telling people that they should be masturbating during the current coronavirus outbreak.
While we may want to go out on dates and seek companionship during such times, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is urging people to give themselves a hand instead...quite literally. The department shared a tweet stating “Kissing can spread COVID-19 and rimming might spread it... 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.”
Given how contagious the virus is, this seems like solid advice for the time being. Plus, let's not forget about the numerous health benefits of masturbation, including stress relief and boosting of immunity--which is very important right now.
Here are some tips for how to avoid spreading #COVID19 during sex: https://t.co/ABADzBSc49— nycHealthy - STAY HOME NYC (@nycHealthy) March 27, 2020
🔹You are your safest sex partner 👋✔️ Masturbation will not spread COVID-19
🔹The next safest partner is someone you live with
🔹Avoid close contact with anyone outside your household pic.twitter.com/sI0gIJ7oDz
In fact, studies have also shown that masturbation releases tension, improves sleep quality, improves concentration, improves sex and also relieves menstrual cramps.
With health benefits like these, it would be a crime to not masturbate these days, don't you think? *wink* So whenever you find yourself feeling anxious and restless about the ongoing coronavirus crisis, take a break and indulge in some self-love. After all, science says it's good for you!
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