A US study by the Kinsey Institute in June found Americans in general were having less sex – one reason being tension between couples isolated together at home.
A survey in Turkey shows pattern consistent with findings in China, US and Britain: people are having sex less often and fewer partners.
Results suggest people are afraid of spreading Covid-19 during sex, researchers say. There is growing evidence that people across the world are having sex less frequently during the coronavirus pandemic, writes Stephen Chen for South China Morning Post.
Studies in China, the United States, Britain and Turkey appearing to confirm the trend.
Sex during Covid: Researchers said in July that British people’s sexual desire had been found to have declined immediately after they were subjected to lockdown measures in spring – before later rebounding after extended spells of isolation as people used sex to “ease stress and anxiety or overcome boredom”.
And a nationwide survey in Turkey has suggested the pandemic has reduced sexual activity significantly.
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Sex during Covid: The pattern among the country’s population, which is predominantly Muslim – meaning homosexuality, affairs and sex before marriage are forbidden – was the same as for other races and faiths, with the average frequency of sex among adults declining from nearly twice a week to slightly over once, researchers found.
Governments in some countries have issued guidance for safe sex during the pandemic. Dr Theresa Tam, the chief public health officer in Canada, recommended avoiding kissing, and wearing a mask when being intimate with a stranger or anyone at risk from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.