Questions about dating and sex, specifically safer sex activity during COVID-19 pandemic, seem to be difficult to openly address due to many uncertainties. The arrival of the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been a growing world-wide concern for the last few months. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.” Though there is still research being conducted as to how COVID-19 is spread, it is thought that the virus is transmitted from person to-person through respiratory droplets when a person coughs, sneezes or talks.
Precautions are being recommended to prevent the virus from spreading, including social distancing, frequent hand washing and covering your mouth and nose by wearing a mask when around others. So what can you do to still have fun while taking recommended steps to prevent community transmission?
Consider adding this safer sex activity to your current menu — Have a DO Date! DO stands for Deliberate Orgasm and DOing is manual stimulation of the clitoris where the only goal is pleasure for both people.
Five benefits to having DO Dates during the COVID-19 pandemic
1) You can have sex with a low risk of spreading infection.
Unlike most typical sexual activities, there is no person-to-person sharing of bodily fluids during a DO Date. For additional protection, latex or nitrile gloves may be worn during this safer sex activity with people you are new to dating or anytime you want a barrier. This includes what we call “Glove Etiquette” (see box below). The addition of latex or nitrile gloves does not diminish the sensation or fun available in a DO Date.
2) A DO Date includes deliberate touching.
As fun as rolling around under the covers together can be, a lot of touching is taking place without necessarily discussing it. Since touch is one of the ways the COVID-19 can be spread, being deliberate about what, when and who you are touching is vital. During the DO Date, intrinsically a safer sex activity, all touching is deliberate. Only touch your partner after communicating what you are going to do before you do it and get their agreement. All touching is consensual.
3) Spontaneity is in the sensation.
Where’s the spontaneity when everything is talked about already? Every orgasm is unique and therefore the sensation a person feels is different every time. Since the set up for the DO Date is deliberate and structured both people can relax and put their attention on the pleasure experienced from the ride of the orgasm. The sensation felt during a DO Date is spontaneous with unlimited potential for more.
4) A DO Date is an enjoyable activity to do while staying at home.
With less social gatherings and more time at home, this could be a good time to venture into something new safely. Doing something new can heighten sensation and the fun a person experiences in the activity. DOing is easy to learn. It is an intimate act. It has the potential to revitalize your sex life. And you can DO it right now.
5) Let the good feelings flow!
While it is necessary to pay attention and take precaution during a pandemic or local public health crisis, self-care is of the utmost importance. This includes feeling good. Having a good get off releases endorphins and the happy hormones. This bolsters the immune system. Give your immune system a boost and have a DO Date.