Couples have been advised to wear Covid masks during sex and "avoid face-to-face positions" in Thailand.

Couples have been advised to wear Covid masks during sex and “avoid face-to-face positions” in Thailand.

Thai authorities advise couples to wear Covid face masks during sex and ‘avoid face-to-face positions’

  • Health authorities fear Valentine’s Day sex boom could spark Covid surge
  • Lovers advised to avoid ‘deep kissing’ and get tested for antigens before sex
  • In the past two weeks alone, the number of Covid infections in Thailand has nearly doubled.

Lovers in Thailand have been urged to wear face masks during sex amid a surge in Covid infections that authorities fear could worsen ahead of Valentine’s Day.

The daily number of cases in the tourist hub of Southeast Asia has risen from about 8,000 at the beginning of the month to almost double in the last two weeks.

Thailand’s health authorities have expressed concern that February 14 could exacerbate this trend, as the annual love day is very popular in the country.

“Covid is not a sexually transmitted disease, but Covid can be transmitted through contact breathing and saliva exchange,” Bunyarit Sukrat, director of the Reproductive Health Bureau, said on Friday.

He recommended that couples take antigen tests before a date to prevent transmission of the virus to a partner.

Thailand's health authorities have expressed concern that Feb. 14 could exacerbate the recent rise in Covid cases as the annual love day is very popular in the country.  (Image from the archive)

Thailand’s health authorities have expressed concern that Feb. 14 could exacerbate the recent rise in Covid cases as the annual love day is very popular in the country. (Image from the archive)

Lovers are urged to “avoid face-to-face sex positions and deep kissing” and use contraceptives if they want to prevent unwanted pregnancies, he said.

“If possible, wearing masks during sex can help reduce the risk of contracting Covid,” Mr Bunyarit said.

The holiday is popular throughout the kingdom and is considered an auspicious day for couples to tie the knot.

There are often long queues at the marriage registration office, especially in Bangkok’s Bang Rak district, which means “Love District” in Thai.

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