Have a quick ATK before going between the sheets

BANGKOK: The Ministry of Health has issued some new advice for those planning to have sex on Valentine’s Day – get tested for COVID-19 with an antigen rapid test (ATK) kit before making love.

A woman shows her ATK test result January 7 in front of the government complex on Chaeng Watthana Road in Bangkok. Photo: Bangkok Post

Last year, the department recommended wearing face masks and avoiding facing your partner during sex because there weren’t enough vaccines and ATKs at the time, Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoen, Director General of the Department.

As the COVID-19 situation has changed and lovers appear to be safer having sex, ATK testing should be sufficient for fully vaccinated individuals, he said.

Regarding other traditional Valentine’s Day activities like a romantic dinner, Dr. Suwanchai, it would be a good idea to check a COVID-19 tracking app to see if the restaurant they made reservations at is COVID-19 safe, the reports Bangkok Post.

Those apps, including “Thai Save Thai,” developed by the department, will help assess the risk of exposure to COVID-19, he said.

This app works by rating how safe activities are allowed on the premises and how crowded the place gets, he said.

More importantly, after a night out on Valentine’s Day, people are advised to continue to wear a mask and maintain social distancing at home to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to other family members, particularly the elderly and those with chronic illnesses decrease doctor added.

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