(CNSNews.com) -- In battling COVID-19, the New York City Health Department has issued "Sex and Coronavirus Disease" guidelines, which include advice on sex with "people close to you" -- including yourself -- and/or as "few partners as possible."
Commenting on the guidelines, Ruth Institute President Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., said, “At first I thought it was as joke, but New York City’s Health Department really did issue guidelines on containing the Wuhan virus which recommend masturbation and warn against group sex, at least while the crisis lasts.”
The guidelines lead with, "Here are some tips for how to enjoy sex and to avoid spreading COVID-19."
Point two states, "Have sex with people close to you. • You are your safest sex partner. Masturbation will not spread COVID-19, especially if you wash your hands (and any sex toys) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after sex."
"The next safest partner is someone you live with," says the Health Department. "Having close contact — including sex — with only a small circle of people helps prevent spreading COVID-19. • You should avoid close contact — including sex — with anyone outside your household."
"If you do have sex with others, have as few partners as possible," read the guidelines. Also, "if you usually meet your sex partners online or make a living by having sex, consider taking a break from in-person dates. Video dates, sexting or chat rooms may be options for you."
Morse commented, “Normal people know they should not participate in life-threatening activities. Do the residents of New York need to be told to abstain from casual sex, sex with strangers and orgies during this major public health crisis?”
“Memo to NYC Health Department," she added, "no one has ever died from abstaining from sex. If you think you’ll die without sex, you are probably a sex addict. It appears that the Department is run by and for sex addicts. It assumes that group sex, casual sex and orgies are normal.”
The NYC guidelines further advise, "Avoid kissing anyone who is not part of your small circle of close contacts. • Rimming (mouth on anus) might spread COVID-19. Virus in feces may enter your mouth."
"Condoms and dental dams can reduce contact with saliva or feces, especially during oral or anal sex," states the Health Department. "Wash sex toys with soap and warm water. Disinfect keyboards and touch screens that you share with others (for video chat, for watching pornography or for anything else)."
Morse said, “This is all depressingly typical of the Sexual Revolution, which treats sex as a mere bodily function. It maintains that people have a right to sex, as much and any way they want, free of consequences."
“One thing they never do is discuss sex in a moral context,” said Morse. “For them, talking about sex and morality in the same breath is puritanical and obsessive. But since the Centers for Disease Control says there are 20 million new STD infections each year, maybe there’s something to be said for self-restraint.”
Morse concluded: “Other casualties of the Sexual Revolution include divorce, failure to achieve intimacy, fatherless families, declining fertility and a pornified culture. It’s unlikely that the New York City Department of Health has put out memos on any of this.”
Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.
According to its website, the Ruth Institute "is a global non-profit organization equipping Christians to defend the family and build a civilization of love." The organization "provides decades of research and educational tools to support individuals and families harmed by divorce, the hook-up culture, and other forms of family breakdown."