More and more of us are likely to find ourselves quarantined over the next few months, whether because you have been forced to self-isolate or because your company has closed its doors and you now have to work from home.
While this itself can be scary and frustrating, with people not quite sure how to socially distance themselves away from others or how to avoid the risks, one doctor has suggested this period could be the ideal time to get more intimate with your partner.
Dr Mehmet Oz has been reported as saying that having sex would ward off depressive symptoms, as well as help combat potential fights that could arise due to being in closer proximity with each other.
Speaking with TMZ, he said: “The best solution, if you’re holed up with your significant other quarantined, is have sex. You’ll live longer, get rid of the tension.”
He went on to say: “Maybe you’ll make some babies. It’s certainly better than staring at each other and getting on each other’s nerves.”
Unsurprisingly, one of the things people who have been told to isolate are concerned about is getting depressed and feeling lonely.
Mental health charity Mind issued advice to help people during this pandemic, saying: “If you’ve been asked to stay at home and avoid other people, it might feel more difficult than usual to take care of your mental health and wellbeing.”
Therefore, it suggested connecting with people as one of the best ways to mitigate this loneliness. The charity suggested video chats with friends or family, arranging phone calls, connecting with similar people in groups, or joining a peer support community to share experiences.
Another thing people who are isolated together could do is have some fun between the sheets, which would help them feel connected and help to pass the time.
Dr Kevin Kathrotia of Millennium Neonatology said this might even result in a baby boom, with more couples getting closer to each other in a crisis.
Speaking with FOX Business, the doctor said: “It’s going to happen. It’s probably going to be the biggest baby boom we’ve seen.”
“Anytime there’s the threat of a hurricane, there’s a little baby boom,” he stated, adding: “Everyone’s at home. Those already with kids are less likely to have a kid, but those married without kids – there’s going to be kids in nine months, I can assure you.”
There is even suggestions that ‘Corona’ could become a popular name in 2020 and 2021, as people begin conceiving their children during the crisis.
Of course, you don’t have to make a baby when getting jiggy and can just enjoy having fun with your partner. This could be the ideal time to be more experimental in the bedroom, whether you want to wear bondage masks and blindfolds or enjoy playing with sex toys.
You could certainly spice up lunch breaks by taking yourself off to the bedroom, and your health will benefit from keeping physically active at the same time.