Black Lives Matter protesters chant ‘I can’t breathe’ in London and Manchester over death of George Floyd in US – The Sun

BLACK Lives Matter protesters marched through the UK today chanting "I can't breathe" over the death of George Floyd in the US.

Hundreds of activisits gathered in Trafalagar Square in London today holding placards reading: "Racism has no place".


Others echoed the final words of George, a black man who was killed after a white police officer knelt on his neck as he gasped "I can't breathe".

Dramatic footage taken in the capital today showed protesters taking a knee for the 46-year-old in a move made famous by American football player Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick famously knelt for Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott following their 2016 deaths at the hands of US police officers.

The demonstrators wore face masks and appeared to be social distancing as they stood in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protests taking place across the world.

They raised their fists in the air as they yelled "no justice, no piece" in a stand against police brutality.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: "Police are aware of demonstrators gathering in Trafalgar Square, Westminster this afternoon.

"Officers are on scene & engaging with those in attendance. An appropriate policing plan is in place."

Other protests are also taking place across the UK – including in Manchester and Cardiff.

It came after people marched through Peckham in George's memory yesterday as they vowed more protests in the UK.

The 46-year-old was handcuffed and on the ground in Minneapolis earlier this week before falling unconscious.

Shocking video of him pinned down, which has gone viral, shows Mr Floyd begging for air saying, "please, I can't breathe" and "don't kill me".

Protests have since flared up across the US, with the movement against police brutality going global.

On Saturday afternoon protesters in London carried placards reading "solidarity" and "Black lives matter".

Some read "the UK is not innocent" as dozens of people marched through Peckham, stopping buses and cars on the main road.

Protests in Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow have also been planned.

Demonstrators have been told to wear masks and keep to social distancing rules to stay safe in the coronavirus pandemic.

In America Minneapolis has issued a curfew starting at 8pm Friday in response to heated protests that have taken over the city since Mr Floyd's death on Monday night.

Despite Mayor Jacob Frey pleading for peace, the riots continued, prompting Frey to issue a curfew on Friday.

Days of looting and arson in the Minnesota city has escalated into nationwide protests against police brutality.

A 19-year-old man was killed after shots were fired into a crowd during protests in Detroit on Friday night.

Police said the shots were fired from an unknown suspect in a vehicle. An officer was not involved in the shooting.

In Oakland, California, where 8,000 protesters took to the streets, two Federal Protective Service officers suffered gunshot wounds, CNN reported. One died from his injury.

Meanwhile the White House was briefly locked down yesterday as protesters faced off with the US Secret Service and burned American flags while chanting "No justice, no peace".

Criminal charges were filed on Friday against fired police officer Derek Chauvin, 44.He has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Chauvin faces up to 35 years in prison for over his "inherently dangerous" actions during the tragedy that has sparked riots and protests across the US.

His attorney, Tom Kelly, declined to comment about the allegations against his client, who remains jailed with his first court appearance yet to be scheduled.

A a preliminary autopsy did not find evidence of "traumatic asphyxia or strangulation" and found Mr Floyd may have died from being restrained as well as from underlying health conditions.

Mr Floyd's family has called in an independent forensic pathologist, Dr Michael Baden, to conduct his own autopsy, calling the official report "an illusion".

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'Days of Our Lives' Star Christie Clark Recovering from Coronavirus with Husband

Life is quite unusual these days. With coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting people from all walks of life, even some of your favorite celebrities are getting sick. From Andy Cohen to funnyman Tom Hanks and his wife, it seems every day there’s a new celebrity making the news with a diagnosis. And even though soaps are on hiatus right now, that hasn’t kept some of your favorite soap stars from getting coronavirus either. Take Christie Clark, for example. She and her husband are finally on the mend after their battle with the virus.

Christie Clark, Days of Our Lives alum

Clark was born in California in 1973, so the spotlight was almost always in her future. Her first role wasn’t actually in the soap world, but as Angela Walsh in 1985’s A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge. Clark made her debut as Carrie Brady on Days of Our Lives in 1986, where she played the character for numerous years off and on, even making a brief return in 2018. Her last departure was so that she could travel the world with her family, and she ultimately ended up in England, where she resides currently. 

In her first years, she played a young Carrie, winning two Youth in Film Awards. She left the show for two years, and upon her return, was an adult with a business mindset. She has received two Emmy nominations, was part of the “Hottest Romance” couple with co-star Austin Peck. During her break after her exit in 1999, Clark traveled around the world and met her future husband, Thomas Barnes. They were married in 2002 and have three kids. 

Coronavirus is hitting people hard

Not all people are sharing their experience with coronavirus publicly, so when someone does, it gives a peek into what it must really be like. Clark is one of the celebrities who are currently on the mend after battling coronavirus for over 10 days. She took to Instagram to keep fans posted on what the virus was like for her and her family. 

“This is most likely a coronavirus story,” she shared. “Can’t get tested unless you check in to hospital in the U.K. Woke up Tuesday with chills, fever, headache, body aches and major sore throat. Was in bed for 3 days…zapped of energy. Our yoga instructor was told she had it and I was with her 5 days previous to getting this strange virus.”

She acknowledged that most people aren’t affected that badly and that she’s had worse flu symptoms. However, she was particularly worried about her parents and in-laws. She also thanked her neighbor in her post, “This angel made dinner for us every night and left it on our door.” She recommended that people stock up on easy dinners, in case “two parents get it at the same time which is what happened to my husband and me.”

How Christie Clark is recovering

In a recent Instagram post, Clark shared that she was just starting to feel OK after 10 days or so of having the virus. “Oh my goodness, just starting to feel ok on this end. My husband Tom and I have had coronavirus fairly bad. Not as bad as some, no hospital needed.” She further shared that having the virus is hard when you have kids. “When you get it, you can’t call the grandparents for help, cause they will get sick.”

They’re not the only ones in their circle of friends that have had it either. “We know about 10 people in our little circle that have had it. Like clockwork, Day 7,8,&9 were tricky and haven’t been able to taste food for a while.” But the best part of her recovery is most likely her excitement about getting back to normal – at least normal in the world of coronavirus. “So excited to be in the land of the living again & start exercising…soon.”

What other celebs are saying 

Some outspoken celebrities certainly have theories about the coronavirus. Kourtney Kardashian thinks it’s God’s way of punishing us. Cardi B leans more toward conspiracy theories. But many celebs just want to help you through these tough times with some motivational words as a way to say, “Hang in there.”

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Photographer captures lives of London's Irish Traveller community

Rare glimpse into the everyday lives of London’s Irish Traveller community

  • Striking photos show how the community at the Ealing Bashley Road site go about their day to day lives
  • Captivating shots are the hard work of structural engineer and freelance photographer Emma Williams, 23 
  • Emma embedded herself within the community and got to know all the different members of the group 

A photographer has captured a rare glimpse into the everyday lives of London’s Irish Traveller community, revealing how the close-knit group go about their day to day activities.

The stunning images show young boys showing off their strength as they flex their muscles, while others at the Ealing Bashley Road site clean their caravans, showing how house proud the group is.

Other striking photos show the moment a grieving woman mourns the loss of her family members at a highly decorative grave side.

The true-to-life shots are the work of structural engineer and freelance photographer, Emma Williams.

The Londoner released the photos in her debut photography book, We Call It Home – which aims to go some way to break the negative stereotype that surrounds the Irish traveller minority group.

The 23-year-old spent four months getting to know the travellers of Bashley Road, visiting them almost every day, getting to know the community and earning their trust to be accepted into their world.

Children play in the street outside their caravans at Ealing’s Bashley Road site in London. The boys and girls seem to be playing on their bikes outside as a small dog runs around with them 

Put ’em up! This youngster is seen sucking on a lolly pop whilst wearing his boxing gloves. The stunning photographs offer a rare glimpse into the community 

A woman pays her respects at her loved ones’ graveside. She is seen holding onto one of the statues as she takes a moment to reflect 

Emma (right) has always been interested in representing minority groups in a positive light. She said she wanted to get involved with a project like this after finishing her university studies

Hold on tight! Two children are seen sitting on a quad-bike. The photos feature in a new book called ‘We Call It Home’ 

Although Emma admits that some of the travellers she met were initially hesitant to be involved; she was even asked to dress down to her underwear to prove that she wasn’t wearing a wire – something Emma says is understandable as the traveller community is so often subject to prejudice, exploitation and misrepresentation.

‘It had always been a goal of mine to do a documentary project when I finished uni. I was particularly interested in capturing photos of something that’s relatively hard to see or explore.

‘In London, the travelling community immediately came to mind as one of the most unexplored communities due to their fairly closed nature. I was also interested in the fact that they are consistently shown in a negative light in mainstream media.

‘It felt like they’re a community that are regularly exploited and I was interested in showing them in a more honest way’.

When she first went to the camp, she said there had been speculation about her intentions.

‘Very early on into the project I had to strip in front of one of the women to show that I wasn’t wearing a wire. I think after facing so many years of being exploited and poorly represented in the media there was definitely some hesitation about letting someone in.

‘I think one of my main takeaways was that their way of life is so different from how it’s typically portrayed on TV and in the news. TV shows focus on a tiny aspect of their life – exaggerating the way they dress and often focussing on negative aspects of their way of life.

‘I was surprised that not once did I see the women or kids dressed up like they are on TV shows. I was surprised by how welcoming they all were. I expected to be turned away immediately but everyone was so open to listening about what my intentions were and when they realised I wasn’t doing this for any reason but to offer an honest insight into their way of life, they were all really up for being involved’.

She said her aim was for the photos to show people outside the Traveller community that they aren’t a group to be afraid of.

Ready for round two? The photos show the sweet moments between family members. This young boy was seen outside with a young girl and put his boxing gloves up to the camera 

Boxing is still an important part of life for many traveller men and while going around the camp Emma managed to capture shots showing this (left). She also managed to capture the style of traveller men (right) 

‘There are really strong family ties and this was a focus of the book, looking especially at the youth.

‘I wanted the images to be an honest insight into a very misrepresented community. I didn’t aim to play up any stereotypes but just took photos of what I saw. Boxing was a big part of the culture so this featured in the series.

‘A lot of the time the travellers had input on what would be interesting to photograph. Angela, for instance, took me to her family gravestones as this was something that they were massively proud of. I didn’t filter the photos to focus on any one aspect of the way of life but tried to give an overall perspective of life on the site.’

The introduction of the book was actually penned by one on the women on the site, who revealed her deep upset about constantly being judged.

‘Almost every traveller on the site spoke of their anger that the actions of a minority are used to brand their entire people.

‘The photos, in my opinion, show travellers in a way that is very rarely seen – as people not so different from us.’

The Bashley Road travellers’ site was developed in 1985 and houses travellers of Irish heritage.

For Emma, who first started taking photos of her friends when she was 15, a documentary photo series such as this is something she has always been interested in pursuing.

‘I was interested in how traditions and culture have remained in the travelling community over generations. In the settled community, traditions such as religion have been eroded away significantly. It was interesting for me to learn about a community whose way of life is so different to my own,’ she said.

‘Before judging a group of people based on the actions of a minority, we should take a minute to learn about their way of life. Very little is made of the charity work they do, the pilgrimages they frequently go on, or the racism they face on a daily basis.

‘The settled community seems determined to push travellers into extinction. These photos preserve the travelling community in a snapshot in time and I think now is such an important time to document them because their way of life is changing at a rate that it never has in history.’

Emma took her stunning images on her Pentax 645 film camera.

Finally, Emma spoke about how the current coronavirus pandemic could affect the traveller community.

‘I think that coronavirus is definitely being taken seriously on the site. In a way, I think the travelling community is probably one of the less affected in terms of changing their way of life,’ she said.

‘The women don’t leave the site much in the day and many of the older kids often aren’t at school. On the other hand, if the virus was to reach one of the sites, it’s likely that it would spread rapidly because of the sheer closeness of everyone living there.

‘Two or three generations are within a stone’s throw and this definitely poses a threat to the older members of the site.’

We Call It Home by Emma Williams is available to buy from her website for £30.

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Top doc Fauci admits lives could have been saved if US had shut down earlier – but there was ‘pushback’ – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS adviser Dr Fauci has said the lives could have been saved if President Trump had initiated the coronavirus shut down earlier.

Speaking on CNN on Easter Sunday, Fauci added the US could start to reopen next month, but warned a second wave of the virus could hit the country.

During the interview, Fauci said that the government had been advised to begin social distancing measures in February.

Trump announced plans to roll out self isolating in mid March.

"We look at it from a pure health standpoint," Fauci said. "We make a recommendation, often the recommendation is taken, sometimes it's not.

"But it is what it is."

Fauci was then asked if lives could have been saved if stay at home measures had started in February, rather than almost a month later.

"Obviously you could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier you could've saved lives, obviously.

"No-one is going to deny that.

"But there was a lot of pushback about shutting things down back then."

The US has now passed Italy for the most coronavirus deaths reported worldwide.

Fauci was pressed multiple times by CNN journalist Jake Tapper on when the US might start to lift isolation restrictions.

He eventually said the country might be able to begin to ease up stay at home measures next month, but said a "rolling re-entry" would have to happen.

"It's not going to be a light switch," he said. "It will depend on where you are in the country."

On Saturday, Trump declared the US would see a "tremendous surge – like a rocket ship" once coronavirus lockdowns are lifted and Americans return to work.

He made the prediction after hitting back at claims he saw a memo from White House trade advisor Peter Navarro back in January warning two million Americans could die from coronavirus.

Speaking to Fox's Jeanine Pirro on Saturday night, Trump said the decision over when to start re-opening the country will be the "toughest that I will ever have to make".

He added: "I’ll be basing it on a lot of very smart people, a lot of professionals – doctors and business leaders.

"There are a lot of things that go into a decision like that.

"And it’s going to be based on a lot of facts and a lot of instinct also. Whether we like it or not – there is a certain instinct to it.

"We have to get our country back – people want to get back – they want to get back to work."

Trump said he will be making a decision "reasonably soon" and he is currently setting up a team of leaders from a range of fields.

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Fears medics lives at risk as they are forced to wear trash bags and masks made from take-out boxes – The Sun

LIVES of medics are feared to be in danger after being left with no choice but to wear trash bags and masks made from take-out boxes during the coronavirus pandemic.

One neurologist in New York has resorted to using a plastic take-out container as a face-mask and a garbage bag on his head for safety – as more than 500 people have died from COVID-19 in the state.

A Twitter user, who goes by the name of M. Goodleaf, shared photos of a nurse and neurologist in New York, who had to take extra precautions due to limited protective resources.

M. Goodleaf tweeted Friday: "Not enough personal protective equipment for nurses/nurse assistants/physicians.

"My father is a neurologist in NY called to consult on COVID-19 patient is reduced to wearing a garbage bag on his head, a face mask made from uncle Giuseppe take out dinner stapled to a shower cap."

The man was also wearing surgical scrubs, a gown, and gloves.

"The president and governor say there is enough protective devices for health care providers??!?!! WRONG.


The unidentified man wore the creative outfit into the ICU on Friday, according to M. Goodleaf.

As the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the United States surpassed 85,600 on Friday, with at least 1,300 deaths, many hospitals have been struck by an urgent shortage of personal protective equipment.

Hospital workers across the country have fallen victim to COVID-19 after treating patients for the infectious disease, often without adequate gloves, masks and other protective gear.

Kious Jordan Kelly, a 48-year old assistant nursing manager in NY died from coronavirus after treating patients while dressed in trash bags.

A shocking photo of three nurses at Mount Sinai West wearing black garbage bags as makeshift gowns circulated the internet and highlighted the severity of the problem.

The photo was captioned: "No more gowns in the whole hospital.

"No more masks and reusing the disposable ones… nurses figuring it out during Covid-19 crisis."

However, his sister, Marya Sherron, has no idea where her brother's body is after he died Tuesday – a week after contracted the deadly virus.

This comes as President Donald Trump accused the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo of "exaggerating" the state's need for coronavirus ventilators.

Trump said he doesn't think some hard-hit areas need the tens of thousands of machines requested to treat COVID-19 patients, while the Surgeon General agreed some of the numbers were "off."

New research predicted the virus could kill more than 81,000 people in the United States in the next four months and may not subside until June.

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How People’s Sex Lives Have Changed Because Of The Coronavirus

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“Honestly, my partner and I are trying to have a baby, so it’s been kind of great for our sex life,” wrote Dan R, a 31-year-old man living in Pennsylvania, in an email. He was responding to the question of how self-isolation because of the coronavirus has impacted sex for him. And, at least in that sense, the pandemic has had a silver lining. “Without as many high pressure demands (particularly the traveling to and from work) we have been more able to get in the mood to try to make that baby!”

Dan is certainly not alone in reporting some changes to his bedroom routine. Sex is a noted stress reliever, and this is an incredibly stressful time, but in the new era of social distancing, the usual ways of getting some (at least for those who don’t live with a partner) have had to take a backseat.

Hooking up with strangers is definitely not a good idea. Some dating apps have outright been telling people to stay at home — like the gay hookup app Jack’d — which shows how much more seriously people are taking the virus since the beginning of March, when dating apps were urging people to wash their hands. Generally, it seems as though queer apps were early adopters of the push for people to stay home. The queer dating app Lex, started telling people the importance of practicing social distancing via memes weeks ago. “If social distancing is one thing we can do to help stop the spread of COVID19 — we will do it immediately,” said a Lex representative in an email. “ We will create physical distance and while keeping our community socially connected and sexy even.”

A spokesperson for Tinder told me over the phone that time spent on the app spiked in mid-March, with daily messaging in the US up by 10% to 15% when compared to the week prior. Additionally, they said, when a particular area becomes more affected by “physically isolating measures,” the conversations happening in that particular region are lasting longer, signaling that people are searching for some kind of connection with others more than ever before. People have also begun to change their bios, the spokesperson added, with more people including phrases like “stay home,” “be safe,” “social distancing,” “how are you,” and “wash your hands.” Recently, the New York City Health Department recently released a quite informative (and, let’s admit it, pretty funny) guide to practicing safe sex right now, which advises people, “You are your safest sex partner.”

“It’s really important to embrace masturbation,” said Michael DeMarco, 43, a sex therapist based in New York City. And, he added, there’s no need — when we’re all under plenty of pressure already — to achieve a certain result when you do. “The goal doesn’t have to be to ejaculate at all; it doesn’t have to be to have an orgasm at all, it could be edging, it could just be a meditative kind of situation in and of itself.”

It looks like some Americans are certainly taking his advice. A couple of weeks ago, when the reality of self-isolating for the long haul started to become clearer, Searah Deysach, owner of the Chicago-based sex shop Early to Bed, said she noticed an uptick in requests for solo sex toys. (Her store is only accepting online orders at the moment.)

“We’re fielding more questions about masturbation, about what toys are good for masturbation and stuff like that,” said Deysach, who has been in business for more than 18 years. “I think that there’s going to be a surge of people who know a lot more about their bodies when this is all over.”

Lisa Finn, 28, who lives in New York and works as a sex educator and brand manager for the sex shop Babeland, said their website experienced a spike in traffic last week when widespread social distancing measures were being announced. “A vibrator is a great thing to have in your artillery of things to do, especially when it comes to self care and having something that can help take your mind off of all the nonsense that’s happening outside our doors,” she said.

But don’t just take the experts’ word for it. We asked BuzzFeed readers how they’ve been getting off in the time of the coronavirus — what’s changed, what hasn’t, and what they might recommend. Here’s a sampling of the hundreds of responses we received, lightly edited for length and clarity — and yes, you can feel free to try (almost) all of this at home!

“I light some candles, put some music on and I use my new Je Joue G-Spot Bullet Vibrator that I bought at Good Vibrations at Berkeley! I highly recommend it.” —Araceli, 31, queer, California

“Vibrator. But considering hooking up with the guy I’ve been seeing steadily for the past 4 months. Is it worth it? Probably not. Am I still thinking about it? Yes. Will it happen? Probably not. But human physical contact is important to me. 😬” —Isabelle, 27, straight, North Carolina

“More alone time with my wife of 30 years. We have always had a very active sex life and we have been going strong through all of this. The sex during this time has been as good as ever. We are like teenagers.” —Dave, 53, straight, Kentucky

“It’s so sad. I am a ‘Hotwife’ with a cuckold husband. I can’t go out and pick up bulls for our fun. He will service me during this time, but I am missing the fun, especially now as the swinger’s clubs usually start opening their pools in late March. Last night I put on some lesbian porn and masturbated while I allowed my husband to masturbate watching me. It was okay, but I miss picking up a stranger and coming home and having great sex.” Joan, 44, bi, Nevada

“I’m not [getting off]. Being stuck in a 800-square-foot house with my husband, 5-year-old, and senior dog is too much and we have very little privacy to share between all of us. Orgasms might be touted as The Great Stress Reliever, but when I can’t escape the stress of a crowded house, being intimately close with my husband adds to the stress. I NEED some space, quiet, and alone time so I can mentally reset for that shit!” —Sofia, 33, straight, California

“For starters I deleted Grindr so stupid temptation wouldn’t even have the chance to get the better of me. Once it was gone, I went old school. I found a chatroom that isn’t completely horrible and when I’m in the mood for some stress relief I go on the hunt for the perfect phone sex partner. As someone who both is and enjoys a vocal/verbal partner, phone sex is an ideal way to get an intimate connection without the added dangers of meeting up. In the end, it’s still just jerking off, but the road to get there is so much more involved and it’s fun when someone is taking the trip with you.” —Murray, 42, gay, Georgia

“Masturbation is my only option, as best I can with young kids in the house. I’m recently divorced, and dating has changed in the last weeks to something I fear instead of something to look forward to.” —Heather, 46, straight, Florida

“I’m in a long-distance relationship with my boyfriend who lives in Missouri. While we were fortunate to see each other at the end of February, the date of our next visit is a huge question mark. We met online, so our first intimate moments were via video chatting on Discord and that’s a platform that we’ve both become hugely grateful for. We call nearly every night and masturbate to each other. Other than that, we also use the app for keeping in touch throughout the day. I really don’t know what we’d do without Discord.” — Jena, 29, straight North Carolina

“My partner and I use remote-controlled vibrators and have Skype sex as often as we can. We are already in a long-distance relationship, so not much has changed. However, we are also both poly, so it’s hard to not have that intimacy with other people. Using a weighted blanket and a remote-control bullet vibe has helped me the most.” —Laura, 30, queer, Oregon

“Married and fucking regularly. On dating apps for other couples so we can start an online group sex video chat.” —Erin, 33, bisexual, Oregon

“Masturbation, almost exclusively. My lover is quarantined with his kids, so we FaceTime regularly to talk, but an attempt at virtual sex this week caused us both to start laughing.” —Sarah, 42, straight, New York

“I’m not [getting off]. I’m asexual and only masturbate on rare occasions.” —Amber, 31, asexual, Iowa

“My husband and I are quarantined in our 600-squarefoot apartment together — so the good news is, we can technically have sex whenever we want. The bad news is that we practice fertility awareness as our method of avoiding pregnancy (and avoiding pregnancy seems even MORE important given the current pandemic). For those who don’t know, fertility awareness involves abstaining from sex during a woman’s fertile window (some people simply use barrier methods during that time frame, but we’re Catholic so that’s not an option for us). As luck would have it, we’ve been quarantined for 7 days and so far have had to abstain the WHOLE time because I’ve been ovulating this week and very obviously fertile. You try having your ‘just gotta have you’ hormones peak while stuck at home together 24/7 with nothing to do…it’s been a struggle! But we’ve laughed a lot together and taken a lot of cold showers. Fortunately, we’ll be safe to have sex again in a day or two — at which point I expect quarantine is going to get a LOT more fun!” —Ashley, 27, straight, California

“Introducing my new partner to sexting — he is a bit shy about this so using lots of metaphors. Food ones are a favourite. Potentially also isolating from everyone but him so that we can still meet up, which makes me sound very sex-focused when I type it out…(insert shrug emoji here).”—Allison, 31, straight-ish, Canada

“My boyfriend is currently stuck in quarantine in Norway. As both Norway and Finland have closed their borders for the foreseeable future, there’s no way for us to be together during this time and we have no idea when we’ll be reunited again. Needless to say, it sucks.

We’re definitely becoming experts on all types of phone sex, including calls with or without video. We’re trying to re-create some of our preferred sex scenarios, like shower sex with tripods and FaceTime, alternating who goes in the shower and who watches. Trying to be sexy and keep the mood going on FaceTime does have its challenges, but we’re trying to be as open and adventurous as we can. As everyone is hoarding toilet paper around the world, I’ve started hoarding batteries for my sex toys, as this seems to become a long and lonely spring for me without my partner.” —Ina, 30, straight, Finland

“Masturbating, sending and receiving nudes, watching cam shows online.” —Enrique, 24, gay, New York City

“My boyfriend and I both work at grocery stores so we are too exhausted to have sex by the time we come home. We’ve done it maybe once since all this stuff occurred. I actually bought a Bellesa sex toy to deal with the sexual frustration and just masturbate in the morning if I have time before I have to get up. I assume he’s probably doing the same.” —Sarah, 25, bi, Missouri

“It’s really all just up to me to do it all on my own. I’m not currently in a relationship, so my only option would be to hook up through an app. Obviously that doesn’t feel safe or right to do at this time, which means for the foreseeable future I won’t have physical intimacy with another person. Normally, not having sex doesn’t really affect me, but that’s because I usually have a lot of things to do. Without those things, having sex is definitely more at the forefront of my mind.” —Matthew, 29, gay, Pennsylvania

“After my college shut down, I’m back in with my parents. It’s felt like high school where the only time I can do anything is in the shower because everyone is ALWAYS HOME. Luckily we have the internet, and Snapchat of course.” —Joe, 20, bi, Minnesota

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