So the kids are spread out around the house taking classes and your partner has turned the bedroom into their work-from-home office. Or maybe you've got all the space in your studio apartment to get it on but there's no one to bang because you live alone. Since COVID-19 social distancing guidelines prompted the crash of normal living, the absence of safe, stress-free sexy time and uncomplicated access to new partners called for a manual sex life override.
Last July, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a statement suggesting it was safe and even good for individuals to masturbate rather than participate in partnered hookups—and specifically "rimming"—during the height of the pandemic as it would help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This was especially true "if you wash your hands (and any sex toys) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after sex."