Dr. Oz Wants You to Have Sex in Quarantine

I mean, what else do you really have to do?

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Dr. Oz says bang it out.
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The jury is still out when it comes to sex in the time of coronavirus, but as far as Dr. Oz is concerned, couples in quarantine should be fucking as much as possible.

“The best solution if you’re holed up with your significant other, quarantined, is have sex,” the TV medical expert advised from the empty streets of New York in a TMZ video Tuesday. “You’ll live longer, get rid of the tension.” Hey, you might even “make some babies,” as the doc phrased it, alluding to a potential post-coronavirus baby boom some have suggested may lead to the birth of a new generation of coronials.

However, as the New York Post noted, Oz is one of few in the medical community recommending any kind of close physical contact at the moment, considering sexual intercourse doesn’t exactly follow the CDC’s social distancing guidelines, even if you’re doing it with a spouse or longterm partner.

Dr. Frederick Davis, an emergency room doctor at Northwell Health on Long Island, told the Post having sex is a “grey area” right now, as asymptomatic carriers could still spread the disease to their partners.

Meanwhile, medical ethicist Arthur Caplan recently gave Time a hard “No” on the sex question. “I would say unless you’ve just been tested and waited five days that you shouldn’t,” he said, tacking on a draconian dictate against kissing as well. “I think it’s just too much of a risk that one of you might be infected.”

Caplan also cautioned that sex is particularly risky among older couples, who, he reminded us, do in fact still have sex. “We have to remember that older people have sex too and they’re especially in danger. In nursing homes it’s important to explain these risks to the residents.”

So while quarantine may have left you and your partner bored, horny or simply desperate for some kind of physical contact, mashing your genitals together may not be the best way to pass the time. Maybe try going into separate rooms and having phone sex?

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