By now, there are few if any people in the civilized world who do not know about coronavirus (technically, COVID-19), the pandemic of which is causing major changes throughout the world. At this writing, the story is evolving and changing every day, and there is no way of knowing exactly what path the pandemic will take. What is clear is that coronavirus is a major concern health concern – and that raises the question of whether it presents any sexual health or specifically penis health concerns
The answer is yes – kind of. At least as far as is known now. (It should be noted that the information presented below is for educational purposes and should not substitute for advice from qualified medical professionals, who should be consulted by anyone with questions about coronavirus.)
The current coronavirus is known to most effectively be transmitted through infected droplets passing from one person’s mouth or nose to another’s. For example, if a contaminated person sneezes in a second person’s face, there is a fairly significant chance that the second person will become contaminated as well. (It should be pointed out that in both cases – that of the person who does the sneezing and that of the person whose face is sneezed in – it is possibly that neither person may know that they have coronavirus. It is asymptomatic in the majority of cases – but can still be passed on to someone else in whom it may not be asymptomatic.)
It is also thought that coronavirus can be passed on through contact with a surface that has been contaminated. So if a person with the virus spreads the germs to, say, a door handle, a person touching the door handle may pick up the germs; if they then touch their affected hand to their face, they may pass on the virus to themselves in that way. However, this method of transmission is less likely than direct transmission from the mouth or nose to another face.