Burn 2020 To The Ground Already Cos A New Type Of Swine Flu Is Brewing

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It goes without saying that 2020 has been a complete write off and now there’s an even stronger case to just cancel the year outright because scientists have discovered a worrying strain of swine flu, one that has the potential to bring upon a COVID-19-esque pandemic upon us.

Speaking of living with a pandemic, the GOAT team talk about how its changed the way we film and have sex on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (via the BBC), scientists have discovered a new strain of swine flu in China.

Findings show that this new swine flu strain – dubbed G4 EA H1N1 – is only carried by pigs, but there’s genuine concern it can infect humans due to its similarity to the H1N1 swine flu variant that caused the 2009 pandemic.

Most worryingly, there’s evidence that this new strain of swine flu could potentially give us another pandemic to worry about on top of the COVID-19 mess as scientists are concerned the virus could mutate into a disease that’s easily spread and current vaccines don’t appear to protect against it (though it can be adapted).

That being said, there’s no need to panic just yet. Prof Kin-Chow Chang, who works at Nottingham University and is studying the virus, tells the BBC that it hasn’t posed a big threat and isn’t an immediate problem but says “we should not ignore it” even though we’re busy fighting the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Good grief, we’re not even halfway through the year and we’ve had to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, a global recession we haven’t experienced since the Great Depression, a long overdue reckoning on police brutality and the systemic racism permeating through every aspect of life, and now w have to worry about a new kind of swine flu with the potential to spread like wildfire.

Can we just cancel 2020 already and start afresh?

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You Risk Inhaling COVID-19 Poop When You Use A Toilet, Be Careful

Hitting the fan.

Life is finally slowly inching back towards some semblance as COVID-19 lockdown rules are easing up and venturing out in public is no longer as terrifying as it once was. Having said that, we have an important COVID-19 bathroom PSA for you before you let loose: there’s a risk you’re inhaling coronavirus poop droplets every time you use a toilet, bumping up the spread risk of the disease.

Speaking of COVID-19 (that’s unrelated to the spread of poop), the GOAT team talk about life after lockdown on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

According to the study published by researchers at the Yangzhou University in China (via The Washington Post), just flushing a toilet can shoot poop particles up to nearly a metre into the air. Specifically, the poop swishes around in a toilet so violent that it gets propelled into the air and this
“toilet plume” will then settle on nearby surfaces.

Yes, it’s pretty disgusting, especially if you’re a germaphobe.

What makes this gross “toilet plume” finding especially bad is if the poop came from came from someone who has COVID-19 as there are worries over the potential for poop to spread the coronavirus around.

We’ve known for a while that COVID-19 has been found in the poop of coronavirus patients, but it is still not known where it is possible for the disease to spread via poop droplet inhalation since it’s unclear whether the amount of COVID-19 present in these “toilet plumes” is enough to infect people.

“The risk is not zero, but how great a risk it is, we don’t know,” Charles P. Gerba, microbiologist at the University of Arizona, tells The Washington Post. “The big unknown is how much virus is infectious in the toilet when you flush it … and how much virus does it take to cause an infection.”

Keep in mind that this is for all toilets not just public ones so don’t think you’re free from the getting out of this COVID-19 crapshoot if you stick to just pooping at home.

So how do you minimise the risk of spreading or catching COVID-19 via poop droplet inhalation? Clean your toilet regularly, always wash your hands after using it, don’t lick it (seriously), and most importantly, close the lid before flushing as that’ll keep the coronavirus-riddled “toilet plume” from splashing everywhere.

So if you don’t want shit to literally hit the fan close the toilet lid whenever you flush or you risk shit hitting the fan, literally and metaphorically.

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Sounds Like Post COVID-19 Sex Is Going To Involve Lots Of Glory Holes And Masks

Stay and play safe, everyone.

Life is slowly getting back to normal now that COVID-19 restrictions are easing up and it’s brought up an interesting question: how will we approach sex after the pandemic having readjusted our needs (and budget) due to the coronavirus? Well best get your imagination running wild because apparently the post COVID-19 sex landscape will involve less kissing and casual hookups, and more face masks and *checks notes* glory holes.

Speaking of sex, the GOAT team talk to Handi, designers of the world’s first line of sex toys for people with disabilities, on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Having originally released a COVID-19 sex advice thingy that basically boiled down to “only have sex with people you’re living with and/or yourself, and stay clean at all times” the New York City Health Department has updated it in light of improving conditions (relatively speaking) and it’s gone straight into next level thirst territory.

Face masks or coverings are now recommended during sex. While “maybe it’s your thing, maybe it’s not,” face masks are more to do with preventing the spread of COVID-19 than any sex stuff, though it can be used for that too.

But the pièce de résistance of this post COVID-19 sex advisory is this horny little tidbit: “Be creative with sexual positions and physical barriers, like walls, that allow sexual contact while preventing close face to face contact.”

In other words, get your post COVID-19 glory hole on and use your imagination.

For those who aren’t too keen on wearing a face mask during sex, having little to no kissing or close face to face contact, or sticking their junk into glory holes, the NYC COVID-19 sex advisory also recommends “video dates, sexting, subscription-based fan platforms, sexy ‘Zoom parties’ or chat rooms may be options for you.”

Kinky virtual orgies and sex parties over Zoom may not be everyone’s cup of tea but at least there’s no risk of spreading COVID-19 that way. Casual sex is also not off the table but you have to be vigilant and practice the usual COVID-19 rules. That also includes face masks and no kissing.

Of course, it goes without saying that all this post COVID-19 sex stuff goes on top of the usual safe sex practices. Just because the pandemic is closer to the end than the beginning doesn’t mean things like consent or condoms are to be ignored. And if you’re feeling sick or unwell, you’ll have to avoid sex altogether.

You may laugh at some of these post COVID-19 sex rules but they’re very much a reality. Sex workers in Australia are operating under a similar framework that includes no orgies, limited to no kissing and face-to-face contact. They haven’t said anything about glory holes though but that’s presumably on the table, just as long as all surfaces are properly cleaned first.

It’s going to take a long time before things get back to some semblance of normality after COVID-19, so we’ll just have to accept the fact that sex in a post-pandemic landscape will involve face masks instead of kissing and sticking your junk into holes in walls rather than going around looking for casual hookups.

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