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Single People Are Being Advised to Find a Sex Buddy in Quarantine

"It makes sense that as a single [person] you also want to have physical contact."
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As we going into the nth quarantine in the Philippines, it's time to look back at some of the advice we've been given since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. There are, of course, vital things to remember like physical distancing, wearing a mask, and cleaning your hands.

Then, there's the early advice by the Dutch government for single people to find a sex or cuddle buddy they can trust. According to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), an arrangement like that can help with lockdown loneliness.

"It makes sense that as a single [person] you also want to have physical contact," the RIVM said as it advised singles about the continuing risks of intimacy. "Discuss how best to do this together," the institute continued.

"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," it said.

Best to stay in completely, hold off for two weeks to see if one is exposed to the virus, and then get tested before following the RIVM's advice, though.

study by the Rutgers sexual health institute found that coronavirus measures around the world have had a devastating effect on single men's and women's sex lives. In 2020 alone, researchers determined that one in five singles continued to have sex with 58 percent doing so with a partner they already knew. While masturbation and porn consumption rose by 29 percent and 30 percent.

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