The threat of coronavirus has impacted the sex industry and the livelihood of sex workers. Vivastreet finds out what their main concerns

How are sex workers dealing with coronavirus?

With the global news coverage surrounding COVID-19, we’re sure you’re already fully aware of what coronavirus is.

If not, COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your respiratory system (notably the lungs and airways). It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

According to the NHS, typical symptoms include a cough, high temperature and shortness of breath.

Although it is not yet 100% clear whether the virus can spread through bodily contact, experts have warned that “the virus can spread from “close contact” with someone.

The threat of coronavirus has meant that many industries have been impacted, including the sex industry and the livelihood of many sex workers.

How coronavirus has impacted sex workers

As cases of the virus continue to climb globally, many sex workers have expressed their concern on the impact that the virus is having on their work.

Snapshots taken from Reddit, one of the largest community led forums and Saafe.info, the leading support forum for sex workers, highlight the concerns many sex workers have. They include:


Lack of work

Many sex workers have expressed their concerns regarding the lack of work and noticeable drop in client meetings due to coronavirus.



Health concerns

Some sex workers have shared their concerns regarding their health and safety.


Keeping safe

We care about the people who use Vivastreet and ensuring that they are protected is our primary concern.

For more information about coronavirus, including identifying symptoms, what to do if you think you may have been exposed to the virus, or general health advice, all online help can be found through the NHS online coronavirus service here.

 

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