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In Exciting News, Sex Stores Are Raking In The Cash 'Cause of Covid-19

Get yours, honey.

When you consider the wave of crap we’ve been handed since 2020, and Covid-19, dawned on us, it’s no real surprise to hear that folks are looking for a way to feel good (really good). So good, in fact, that sex stores are currently making bank.

If you cast your minds back a few weeks, you’ll recall that sex and Covid-19 was making headlines because the New York Government released a public statement on the topic. They advised that everyone should be prioritising sex with themselves for optimum safety. You can’t contract the c-word through contact with yourself, after all.

Now, weeks on, it seems that people are doing their due diligence because sales at sex stores have sky-rocketed.

And honestly, good on everyone. You’re keeping one another safe. Making sacrifices! Looking out for the wellbeing of your fellow person (and yourself, in the process).

Okay, honey! Credit: Warner Bros.

GOAT spoke with Lauren Clair, founder of Melbourne health and pleasure store, Nikki Darling, about her experience of running a sex store during Covid-19.

Clair told us that the journey for her business has been an interesting one:

“In early March, when things were just starting to feel a little weird and uncertain in Australia, Nikki Darling had a bit of a lull in sales. Then, as we moved into our lockdown restrictions and people began to have some more clarity and certainty on their working from home arrangements and other lockdown changes, that’s when the sales spike began,” she shared.

She explained that sales indicate folks are using the extra time to get to know their bodies a little better, as well as experiment with partners.

Interestingly, however, she pointed out that in addition to an increase in sales, she’s noticed a more diverse selection of products flying off shelves.

“I’ve also been selling a wider range of toys,” she told GOAT.

“People are really experimenting with the new! And my personal favourite is the uptick in lube sales. I’m not sure what is accounting for that, but lube is a great sex enhancer so I’m thrilled all the same.”

Similarly, Canberra sex store owners Christine and Stephen Hawke told The Canberra Times that the days before Covid-19’s isolation restrictions began were their busiest period to date:

“People were coming in and just grabbing toys left, right and centre,” Hawke told the outlet.

According to VICE, at least five major sex toy production companies have reported a serious jump in sales since March. As an example, WOW Tech Group – which is the company behind WeVibe and Womanizer – told VICE they’d “exceeded their monthly sales projections by more than 40 per cent as of March 25”.

Long story, short: ya’ll are doing your civic duty, and we take our hats off to you. We’re in the middle of a pandemic; everyone deserves a little more fun right now.  

Why We Have To Be Smart About New Covid-19 Rules To Avoid A Second Wave

This is absolutely not over, folks.

Australia has been given a small win after a series of heavy blows since the Covid-19 crisis kicked off. After weeks of social restrictions, we’ve been able to flatten the curve at a pretty impressive rate – especially when you consider the state of other nations right now.

The relative success of Australia’s approach to Covid-19 has meant that we’ve been able to relax some restrictions on social-distancing – which you’re all very aware of. Yay to open beaches!

Our new reality is a much more encouraging one, but it does come with a serious level of responsibility. The way Australia handles the coming weeks will determine whether or not we’re hit with a second wave of Covid-19, and we can’t afford to take that lightly.

If you look at the experiences of places like Singapore, it’s clear there is a very real threat that a return to normal life will result in a massive spike in infections. According to CNN, Singapore was at 266 cases when the second wave hit – that number spiked to almost 6,000 in a month.

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The set-back is being blamed on the oversight of particularly cramped areas, like highly-populated dormitories. Something we Aussies would do well to pay close attention to.

Experts are stressing that while circumstances are improving right now, we’re still at the beginning of a long road. This is not the time to take a lax approach to the rules.

Dr Kathryn Snow, an infectious disease epidemiologist  of the University of Melbourne recently told ABC News:

“We are one or two months into what is realistically going to be a 12-18 month process … There is still a huge risk of transmission.”

She told the news outlet that Australia has been able to see success because of our strict approach to restrictions, and the Government’s quick decision to implement them. But she warned that it would not take long for things to slip back into a state of chaos.

“It only took a matter of weeks for things to get completely out of hand in the UK, the US and Italy,” she said.

It’s fair that people are craving some normalcy right now. We’re in the middle of an absolute sh*tstorm, and the temptation to return to regular life is unbearable at times. But we need to stay committed.

So, enjoy this new level of freedom. See the people you love (where appropriate). Just don’t forget that the actions of every one of us still matters if we want to stay on top of this thing.  

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WHO Shuts Down 'Immunity Certificates' For Recovered COVID-19 Patients

“There is currently no evidence…”

In mildly depressing updates regarding the coronavirus crisis today, the World Health Organisation has issued a statement putting a pin in theories on COVID-19 immunity post-recovery.

The organisation revealed that certain governments have begun to consider handing out certificates to people who have developed antibodies to the virus. These “risk-free certificates” would allow folks to return to their everyday behaviours including travel, work, and, y’know… standing next to other people.

However, as the WHO has stressed this weekend, the presence of these antibodies may not protect people from re-infection.

“There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection,” they shared.

The team of minds behind the WHO are continuing to review data surrounding antibodies and immunity, but to put it simply: they just don’t know yet.

They continued:

“As of 24 April 2020, no study has evaluated whether the presence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 confers immunity to subsequent infection by this virus in humans.”

They stated that the concept of “immunity certificates,” or the like, creates the risk that people will believe they are unable to contract the virus again, and begin ignoring public health advice.

You can read the statement in full here.

To be clear, however, the statement by the WHO does not mean antibodies are doing zilch for recovered patients. In a recent Twitter update, the organization revealed that yes, the antibodies developed post-recovery do give some level of protection. There is just currently no evidence to indicate these antibodies will give you immunity to COVID-19 after your recovery.

One thing the WHO is sure of, though, is the need for increased testing across the board. They’ve announced that heads of state and global health leaders have “made an unprecedented commitment” to collectively work towards ensuring global access to tests, treatments and (eventually) vaccines to this nasty virus.

How long this will take, we can’t be sure. But here’s hoping it’s fast enough to dissuade people in the U.S from following Trump’s (obviously) unfounded advice to down their toilet cleaner.

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