5 Weird Questions About COVID-19 Answered
We all know the basics about COVID-19; we hear it on the news, see it on billboards and other forms of advertisement, and we speak about it to our friends, family, and co-workers. We may have even been unfortunate enough to experience it firsthand. We wash our hands constantly, buy new colorful masks to look cool out in public, and keep a far distance from other people. Basically, we know what we need to do on a daily basis to stay safe and healthy.
However—there may be some things you haven’t thought of before; or there may be topics surrounding the virus that you wonder about as you lay in bed at night staring up at the ceiling.
Let’s get into some weird and wacky questions about COVID-19 and hopefully satisfy your interest and curiosity.
- Can COVID-19 be transmitted sexually?
If you are engaging in any sexual activity, you are obviously within a six foot range with that person. So the short answer to this question is no it has not been found (as of yet) to be transmitted through any sort of sexual activity/bodily fluids; however, individuals can still transmit it due to close contact and kissing.
“There is currently no evidence that the COVID-19 virus is transmitted through semen or vaginal fluids, but the virus has been detected in the semen of people who have or are recovering from the virus. Further research is needed to determine if the COVID-19 virus could be transmitted sexually.”
Find other ways to be intimate to decrease your risk.
- What about facial hair? Is my boyfriend/husband more at risk because of it?
While beards and other forms of facial hair can harbor bacteria, there does not seem to be any evidence to suggest that having facial hair will increase your risk of catching COVID-19 or transmitting it.
What experts do bring up is that people with facial hair are more likely to “trap debris from coughs and sneezes, potentially infecting other people in close contact.” They say that the best thing for men to do is to wash their face regularly and keep it trimmed.
Your #QuarantineBeard may continue—but keep it clean and tidy.
- Is snuggling with or kissing my pet risky?
Don’t worry too much about your friendly fur-children. The likelihood is extremely UNlikely given that there are less than 25 known pets worldwide who have developed COVID-19 symptoms. The domestic animals that have been reported to have contracted COVID-19 are a few cats, dogs, ferrets, Syrian hamsters, and pigs. The CDC has more specific information on how to keep you and your pets healthy during this time. But essentially there is no need for panic.
- I am healthy. Should I get COVID-19 on purpose to increase herd immunity and get it over with?
No, no, and no. There is never a reason in which someone should intentionally infect themselves with COVID-19. Even if all of your family and friends have it, do not risk your health and life by purposefully contracting the virus. The symptoms of the virus range from one extreme to the other and there is no way of knowing before you contract COVID-19 what type of symptoms you may exhibit. All of those family members and friends may have mild to moderate symptoms, and you may possibly end up in the hospital for whatever reason.
Healthwise has provided a lovely infographic on why you should not intentionally get COVID-19. Please read it!
- Can I fake a positive COVID-19 result so that I don’t have to go to work for a while?
Well, you can get a fake ID, so surely somewhere you can find someone who is willing to back you up—or you could just simply lie; however, in doing so you are risking your job and could possibly face criminal charges.
While you may be itching for a few weeks off work, faking COVID-19 means that: (If you still work from home, some of these won’t pertain to you.)
- Others may have to be quarantined.
- Someone will have to clean and disinfect all of the areas in which you were at the office.
- Documentation of a doctor’s visit or positive result will more than likely be required from your employer. According to an article: “The employer can and should require appropriate documentation confirming the employee’s need for paid time off or leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) or the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).”
- If you are caught, you will be risking your job and livelihood.
- If you are caught, you could face charges or fines.
Not everything is known about COVID-19 just yet, which leaves curiosity and the imagination running wild. Stay smart and use reputable sources to research the answers to your questions. The CDC and Department of Health are both great resources when in doubt.
What crazy questions have you heard?
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