Making love in the time of corona: considering relationships in lockdown

Marieke Dewitte*, Chantelle Otten*, Lauren Walker

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting social changes that were required to slow the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2) have resulted in lockdowns across many countries and led to substantial numbers of people being quarantined. For single people, their opportunities to meet a partner were completely lost. For couples who lived apart, this meant that they were not able to see their partner for many months. However, by contrast, for cohabiting couples, lockdown meant that they were forced to spend 24 h a day with each other, and perhaps their children or housemates, for months at a time. As lockdowns have loosened around the world, the possibility of a second wave arises, and lockdowns are being reinstated in many regions. The prospect of potential long-term lockdowns means that adjusting to this new normal in relationships is an important consideration. In this Viewpoint, three specialists in sexology and psychology discuss the effects of lockdown on intimacy and consider how it can be considered an opportunity as well as an obstacle for making love in the time of corona.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-553
Number of pages7
JournalNature Reviews Urology
Volume17
Issue number10
Early online date20 Aug 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • IMPACT

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