I Just Called to Say…: Young People in Ireland Asked to Have Sex Over Phone to Stop Spread of COVID

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It’s unclear why the Health Service Executive (HSE) issued the advice as Ireland is one of the few European countries that managed to timely suppress the coronavirus outbreak and avoid a high death toll. Fifty-three new coronavirus cases were reported on 2 August.

Officials in the Republic of Ireland have called on young people to stop having sex with their partners if they don’t live together. The HSE, the parent department of Ireland’s Department of Health told young Irishmen to have sex over the phone, online, or masturbate as there has been a renewed increase in the role young people play in the spread of COVID-19 following the lifting of lockdowns and other safety measures.

"If you decide to be sexually active with someone living outside of your household, limit it to as few partners as possible, preferably one regular partner. Consider masturbation or remote sexual activity (eg, online) as alternative to physical sexual activity with others", read the HSE leaflet.

The organisation also told younf Irish people to "wash hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after any sexual activity".

The Health Service Executive's advice left Irish people enraged with some on social media criticising the country’s officials.

​Many found the advice to be yet another attack on people’s freedoms.

"So we can't stand beside each other, c [sic] each others faces, shake hands, have a drink together, look at each other, breathe fresh air, watch live sport or have sex. I have an answer, f**k off", wrote one user.

​Other netizens accused Irish authorities of being backward in their thinking.

​Some users said that sex online is not as safe as the HSE said

​Still others made fun of the guideline's wording.

​It’s unclear what prompted the Health Service Executive (HSE) to issue the advice as the Republic of Ireland is one of the few European countries that managed to suppress the coronavirus outbreak. At the moment of writing, there more than 26,000 cases, 1,763 fatalities in the country. Some 23,364 have been cured of the infection. In recent days there has been a minor increase in new infections, but since the middle of May, cases have not exceeded the 100 mark.

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