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Coronavirus downer but sex toys are on the rise

Safe sex: Avoid Covid-19 infection

HOW sexy has your lockdown been? Not very? According to a study, most of us have been sex-free since we were confined to our homes, and a new coronavirus regulation that bans gatherings of two people from different households ‘which takes place in a public or private place indoors’ actually makes it illegal. Sigh.

Just 40 per cent have been sexually active during the pandemic, according to the study published in The Journal Of Sexual Medicine, and those were mostly young married couples. Alcohol drinkers were also more active in bed, with the study’s authors, Dr Lee Smith and Professor Mark Tully, saying the figures could be explained by people feeling anxious and stressed.

Unsurprisingly, then, sex toys are flying off the shelves online. has seen a 56 per cent increase in sales of what they deem ‘sexual devices’ since lockdown, in particular from brands such as Lelo and Smile Makers — the latter of which has seen a rising demand for its The Surfer vibrator (which is waterproof) and The Frenchman (designed to mimic the touch of a tongue). Ooh la la!