Dis­pen­sary Cor­ner

Pharmacy Daily - - News -

AUS­TRALIA’S in­ter­net ca­pac­ity is be­ing stretched dur­ing the on­go­ing COVID-19 cri­sis, and it could face fur­ther pres­sure if the na­tion fol­lows ad­vice com­ing from Ire­land.

With ris­ing num­bers of pos­i­tive cases be­ing iden­ti­fied in the 25-44 age group on the Emer­ald Isle, the Ir­ish Phar­macy Union (IPU) has rec­om­mended that non-co­hab­it­ing cou­ples should take their ro­mance on­line, with a new ‘Play it Safe’ cam­paign.

Work­ing in con­junc­tion with lo­cal health au­thor­i­ties phar­ma­cists have been asked to en­cour­age younger peo­ple to lim­ited them­selves “to as few part­ners as pos­si­ble, prefer­ably one reg­u­lar part­ner”.

For those un­able to find that spe­cial one, or just the wildly pas­sion­ate, the ad­vice com­ing from the IPU is that they should “con­sider... re­mote sex­ual ac­tiv­ity (e.g. on­line) as [an] al­ter­na­tive to phys­i­cal sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with oth­ers”.

In line with many other health mes­sages that have been is­sued in re­cent months, phar­ma­cies will be pro­vid­ing a free pro­mo­tional con­dom as part of the cam­paign.

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