'Sex Buddies' can cure lockdown loneliness, according to Dutch Government
The Dutch government has advised single people to find a ‘sex buddy’ for intimacy during the lockdown imposed to control the spread of coronavirus.
Netherlands has joined other European countries in announcing the easing of the lockdown, outlining a four-month plan to phase out social restrictions if the virus will stay under control.
According to BBC, single people should come to an arrangement with another person, but the two should avoid having sex if either of the two are suspicious of having Covid-19.
The guidance comes after many critics said there was no sex advice for singles.
RIVM said "it makes sense that as a single [person] you also want to have physical contact" during the pandemic.
Should single people choose to engage in sexual contact, precautions should be taken to minimise the risk of coronavirus exposure, the authority said.
"Discuss how best to do this together," the RIVM guidance says. "For example, meet with the same person to have physical or sexual contact (for example, a cuddle buddy or 'sex buddy'), provided you are free of illness.
"Make good arrangements with this person about how many other people you both see. The more people you see, the greater the chance of (spreading) the coronavirus."
The RIVM has also issued advice for people whose long-term partners suspect they have contracted the coronavirus.
"Don't have sex with your partner if they have been isolated because of (suspected) coronavirus infection," it says.
"Sex with yourself or with others at a distance is possible," it adds, suggesting "erotic stories" and "masturbating together" as possible solutions.
On Monday, the Netherlands began the first stage of a five-phase lockdown exit plan.
As part of the first phase, libraries, hairdressers, nail bars, beauticians, massage salons and places providing occupational therapy were allowed to reopen from 11 May.
The relaxation of restrictions came after Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the country had made "headway" in its effort to bring the number of coronavirus infections and deaths down.
In total, over 43,995 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the Netherlands so far, with more than 5,680 deaths. The number of people that have been tested so far in the country is close to 300.000.
Collection of top 50 pictures that proves wild animals are taking over the deserted cities during coronavirus lockdown
With more than half the global population under lockdown over coronavirus pandemic, cities have become shadows of their former selves. And for some animals, this is the perfect opportunity to go and explore the empty streets.
Even though many countries around the world have started to ease restrictions on movement, people are yet to return to their old ways of living, as bars, restaurants, hotels and many entertainment venues will continue to be closed for the foreseeable future.
In fact, according to a recent report by Bloomberg, “The coronavirus pandemic is likely to last as long as two years and won’t be controlled until about two-thirds of the world’s population is immune, a group of experts said in a report”.
Because of its ability to spread from people who don’t appear to be ill, the virus may be harder to control than influenza, the cause of most pandemics in recent history.
And while the full lockdown is no way near from over and many of the cities are almost empty, animals are taking over the streets. From all around the world, people are posting funny pictures with wild animals seen around their house or city center.
Here at Bemorepanda, we spent some time collecting a list with top 50 wild animals that have been noticed in places where we haven’t seen them before.
1 A herd of buffalo walk along an empty highway in New Delhi, India, during the pandemic lockdown.
2 In Nara, Japan's first permanent capital, deer are considered "messengers of the gods" and have been designated national treasures. More than 1,000 regularly wander through the city's central park, and visitors are encouraged to feed them sugar-free wheat crackers. But with tourists staying away during the outbreak, some curious deer have been quietly investigating nearby shops and restaurants.
6 Dogs rest on the deserted Man Singh road during lockdown in New Delhi, India, on 19 April.
12 A cow walks along an empty highway road in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on 19 April.
23 In the coastal Welsh town of Llandudno, usually timid mountain goats have ventured into the empty streets to take a look around. They've become an online favorite thanks to Twitter posts by video producer Andrew Stuart. "There's hardly anyone around to scare them or anything … they just don't really care and are eating whatever they can," he said.
24 Hungry monkeys clambered all over a car in the village of Ode, outside Ahmedabad, in hopes of getting a few morsels of food during the lockdown in late March.
26 Surrounded by deer, a tourist shows her empty hands after feeding them crackers, treats made mostly with wheat flour and rice bran, near Todaiji temple in Nara, Japan, Tuesday, March 17, 2020
27 A woman stops to watch the Fallow deer from Dagnam Park as they rest and graze on the grass outside homes on a housing estate in Harold Hill, near Romford on April 2, 2020 in Romford, England
29 Venice, usually a popular tourist destination, has seen dramatic changes during the outbreak which has brought Italy to near collapse. The northern city is normally swamped with visitors, but canals have emptied during the country's strict lockdown measures. Without the constant passage of boat taxis and gondolas the muddied waters have settled, and seabirds and fish are once again visible.
31 This young puma was recently found stalking through the empty streets of downtown Santiago, Chile, followed soon after by two more. The animals live in the nearby Andes Mountains and have increasingly been spotted in the locked down capital, home to about 6 million people. "There's no people, there's no noise, so they dare to explore a little more," said a regional official.
36 In Ajmer, a city in northwestern India, several dogs were spotted hunting a wild boar on the city streets during the lockdown on March 26. They eventually herded the boar into a sewer trough.
39 A Coyote stands alone Academy Road outside of Dodger Stadium during the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, April 03, 2020.
40 Thousands of macaques that roam the streets of Lopburi in Thailand haven't been so polite. Usually well-fed by tourists, the monkeys have been finding snacks hard to come by during the pandemic. They've even engaged in intertribal warfare over scraps, fighting in the streets and historic temples. Thailand had more than 39 million tourists in 2019.
41 Pigeons walk on the empty street in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 29, 2020. Puerto Rico is on a mandatory quarantine since March 16th, due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
42 A security guard feeds sika deer at a temple on March 12, 2020 in Nara, Japan. Like a number of tourist hotspots around the country, Nara, a popular ancient city where free-roaming deer are an attraction for tourists, has seen a decline in visitor numbers in recent weeks amid concern over the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Some groups of deer have begun roaming in the city’s residential area due to shortage of food partially fed from tourists according to media reports.
43 A raccoon walks in an almost-deserted Central Park in New York on 16 April.
44 Goats and sheep are seen near the empty Istanbul airport highway in Istanbul, Turkey, on 19 April.
45 A deer walks across a pedestrian crossing in Nara, Japan, on 19 March. Despite the town’s tourism decline, these wild animals are doing just fine without treats from visitors, according to a deer protection group.
46 A herd of fallow deer graze on the lawns in front of a housing estate in Harold Hill in east London on 4 April.
47 Grey langurs run along a deserted road during lockdown in Ahmedabad, India, on 19 April
48 A wild boar eats the grass in a garden close to residential buildings in Ajaccio, Corsica, on 18 April.
49 Peahens seen on Motilal Nehru Marg during lockdown in New Delhi, India, on 19 April.
Human presence would typically keep such wildlife from roaming. But billions of people are inside, socially isolating themselves under the direction of health and government officials. Businesses, tourism, restaurants, clubs and many other venues are closed and the once busy streets are now completely silent.
While some animals are curiously wandering or enjoying the quiet, others are going hungry because they’ve become dependent on tourists who feed them treats.
As the number of people infected with coronavirus jumped to over half a million people worldwide and the whole population is now on lockdown, the stress level for most of us has skyrocket. People are especially worried that no one knows how long it will last.
So in this challenging times, the adult entertainment site Pornhub wants you to relieve the stress and now is offering a free premium subscription until the 23th of April. So, users have almost one month to enjoy the service.
In a statement, Corey Price, Vice President of Pornhub, said the company wanted to provide a way for people to pass the time under lockdown:
“With nearly one billion people in lockdown across the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important that we lend a hand and provide them with an enjoyable way to pass the time. We hope by expanding our offer of free Pornhub Premium worldwide, people have an extra incentive to stay home and flatten the curve.”
The company itself has seen a surge in traffic since the lockdown begin, with a 57% increase from Italy, which is currently the worst hit European country for coronavirus, a 38% increase in France and 61% in Spain.
However, critics questioned their move as it will benefit Pornhub with more clicks and more traffic.
“They’re making a lot more money and getting a lot more traffic,” said Laila Mickelwait, director of religious anti-trafficking organization Exodus Cry, who posted the petition aimed at shutting down Pornhub.
Pornhub is owned by Luxembourg-headquartered company MindGeek Holding SARL, which employs over 1,352 people according to LinkedIn and has an estimated revenue of $1 billion.
These are the countries where the restaurants are still open and you can live your old life during the coronavirus lockdown
There are currently over 6 billion people living on lockdown, over 71,950 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, 33,633 confirmed deaths and out those infected, around 5% or 26,737 are either in serious or critical condition.
While those numbers are already a serious wakeup for local governments, some countries are saying there is no need to panic.
Take Belarus as an example. The president, Alexander Lukashenko refuses to cancel anything and says vodka and saunas will cure any COVID-19 symptoms. Very few measures have been enforced to curb coronavirus in Belarus and instead, people are being urged to drink vodka and go to saunas. On top of that, all the sporting events are taking place as usual and this picture tells everything about the mood on the ground.
The football organizers have said they do not intend to postpone any matches or to cancel the season. President Alexander Lukashenko took part in an ice hockey match last week - declaring that sport "is the best anti-virus remedy".
Another country, Sweden, is the only EU country that has not yet introduced strict quarantine measures. Although the Prime Minister of the Scandinavian kingdom, Stephen Leuven, urged citizen to mentally prepare for an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19, the Swedish authorities are in no hurry to limit public life.
According to Spiegel Online, the cafes and restaurants of Stockholm are packed to capacity - perhaps now visitors have been obliged to sit at their tables and not crowd around the bar. More recently, mass gatherings of people within 500 people were allowed in the country, which many theaters and concert halls used to sell tickets for 499 spectators.
The chief epidemiologist in Sweden, Anders Tegnell, who heads the public health agency, responsible for these decisions, continues to insist that "the population should be ill with the virus." At the same time, his British and Dutch colleagues still refused this approach. According to Johns Hopkins University, already 3069 patients with coronavirus have been identified in Sweden, 105 patients have died. Now, 500 intensive care beds have been deployed throughout the country, although experts admit that this is at least three times less than might be needed in a critical situation.
Another country, Brazil, called the pandemic a momentary, minor problem and saying strong measures to contain it are unnecessary. The Brazilian Presidentm Jair Bolsonaro told reporters that he feels Brazilians’ natural immunity will protect the nation.
“The Brazilian needs to be studied. He doesn’t catch anything. You see a guy jumping into sewage, diving in, right? Nothing happens to him. I think a lot of people were already infected in Brazil, weeks or months ago, and they already have the antibodies that help it not proliferate,” Bolsonaro said. “I’m hopeful that’s really a reality.”
The number of COVID-19 cases approach 4,000, deaths top 100. And while he believe that the virus will be vanquished by a cocktail of drugs and Brazil’s tropical climate, analysts say a more calculated political gamble may underlie his increasingly defiant position.
In Singapore, tourism receipts rose to S$27.1 billion (US$19 billion) in 2019 based on preliminary estimates, from S$26.9 billion the year before. Even though tourist arriving in Singapore must be placed in quarantine for 14 days, all the restaurants, pubs, gym, hotel are open. Singapore, as with many other countries that did not took a more drastic approach during the epidemic and people are now living their daily life as other countries once did.
No one knows which approach will work better, as we haven’t seen anything like this before so only time will tell. Bemorepanda has published a research by the Imperial College London (UK) with three different scenarios of the coronavirus epidemic here.
Behavioral Neurology Specialist Gonzalo Quintana Zunino of Concordia University (Canada) has revealed what are the sex rules during coronavirus infection. The specialist column was published by the newspaper The Conversation.
The author notes that there is currently no evidence of sexual transmission of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, involving vaginal, oral and anal contacts. Meanwhile, the specialist recalls that recorded cases of transmission of infection include not only the airborne droplet, but also the fecal-oral route.
The scientist concludes that almost any sexual practice will lead to the transmission of the virus. “Now is not the time to have sex,” the author is sure, noting that “if you and your partner have no symptoms and you stayed at home, then sex is most likely not dangerous.”
Otherwise, the specialist recommends doing "simple and small experiments." The author writes, in particular, on the use of condoms and latex gloves. “Instead of kisses and sexual intimacy, try erotic massage, chatting, courtship, mutual masturbation, watching or reading erotica, watching your partner enjoy himself,” the author writes.
According to the expert, during coronavirus infection, rimming should “remain completely behind the scenes”, and kisses through a mask will not save from infection.
In March, Louisiana State University (USA) reported that taking angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers, recommended, in particular, for elderly people with cardiovascular diseases, increases the likelihood of contracting SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in these individuals.