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Health, Sex and Coronavirus: How does sexual intimacy change during a pandemic?

Updated: Mar 23

March 28, 2020

by Jessica Zucker, NBC News

Are we likely to see the kind of baby boom that tends to follow disasters? Probably. But if you're feeling an aversion to sex, know that your reaction is also typical.


Elizabeth, 24, is a teacher living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She and her husband are currently out of work as the result of the coronavirus that has infected more than 85,000 people in the U.S. and resulted in nearly 1,300 deaths. Normally, both would be working at least 55 hours a week as educators, but now that coronavirus precautions have shutdown a reported 91,000 public and private schools, affecting an estimated 41.6 million students, caregivers and teachers, they are spending their time at home with each other, stuck in a 900-square-foot apartment.