Yes, the recommendation for practicing “safe sex” during the COVID-19 pandemic by having intercourse through a hole in the wall is real. No, it does not come from The Onion but from the New York City Department of Health website, which advises, “Make it a little kinky. Be creative with sexual positions and physical barriers, like walls, that allow sexual contact while preventing close face to face contact.”
In reaction to the recommendation, Hot Air’s Allahpundit writes:
Let me assure you, having grown up in New York, that most apartments there don’t come equipped with strategically positioned holes. Some of the run-down ones might have them, but that’s from rats gnawing through the drywall.
Sounds more appealing by the moment!
Just one problem the department of health seems to be overlooking, and that’s the question of whether the virus can be sexually transmitted. Indeed a May 14 article at healthline raises that very question, which it endeavors to answer by noting:
As the weeks fighting COVID-19 wear on, there’s so much that researchers and the medical community are learning about the coronavirus on a daily basis. Most recently, researchers in China have discovered traces of SARS-CoV-2 in the semen of several patients with COVID-19 and those who recovered, suggesting that COVID-19 might be able to be sexually transmitted.
“With any viral infection, it replicates, circulates, and gets into a lot of tissue. It’s not surprising that they’re finding SARS-CoV-2 in multiple different bodily tissues and fluids,” said Dr. Matthew G. Heinz, hospitalist, internist, Tucson Medical Center, and former director of provider outreach in the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, a part of the Department of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration. Heinz assisted in the domestic response to the Ebola crisis.
The balance of the article observes that the question merits further research but advises in the absence of a definitive answer that abstinence is the only “safe” practice among partners.