Should you be wearing a Gasmask?

With the Corona Virus running rampant around the world, we all are getting used to wearing some form of facial covering. Some, mostly for show, go so far as to wear gasmasks in public. But it begs the question, should you be wearing a gasmask?

It crossed my mind that once you’ve experienced walking around in public with a cloth mask covering your mouth and nose, the step toward trying a gasmask is not such a big deal anymore. The only thing a cloth mask does is protect others from the possibility that you may be infected and spread the coronavirus. But what about your health?

Apart from the Coronavirus, outdoor air pollution is a serious health risk, some 6 percent of all global deaths are attributed to it. In some countries and cities, it’s as bad as 1 in 10. Are those odds you want to take? I’m not suggesting you should wear a full gasmask outdoors, but did you know that it only gets worse when you go on vacation to some of your favorite places?

People die of air pollution, that’s an unfortunate side effect of construction standards, but mostly as a result of the type of material people use to cook at home. Below are the data for the number of deaths per 100,000 people comparing three of my favorite countries. The good news is, indoor air has gotten a lot better over time no matter where you go.

Row Labels199020002017
Maldives123.5859.095.97
United Kingdom3.781.130.25
United States0.280.190.09
This is my blog – you can either believe that I pulled these numbers from reliable sources, or go away.

Unfortunately, going on vacation to the Maldives still exposes you to much greater indoor air pollution than being in the US or UK. By the way, what’s up with the UK? Well, you say, never trust statistics, they are just there to deceive people. OK, so you don’t believe me. Well, there is fortunately an easy answer. Let’s to a statistical test whether those differences could have just been an accidental result, or if the death rate from indoor air pollution is really so much higher in the Maldives.

Statisticians love p-values. Even Dr. Fauci got excited when Remdesivir improved recovery from 15 days to 11 days, with a P-value of 0.001. If he can get excited about p-values, then your favorite kinkster can as well!

The p-value for pair-wise two-tailed comparison of the means of the Maldives and the UK is 0.0000004, which means that there is virtually no chance that the difference is by accident. (I did use the full time-series, otherwise, my degrees of freedom would have taken a serious dive.) For interpretation’s sake (I know you skipped statistics in school!) a p-value of 0.05 simple means that there is only a 5% chance that the difference in means – or averages – is accidental. So, the lower the p-value, the more you know that you’ve hit the real thing. That’s why Dr. Fauci got so excited.

While that may surprise you, even the p-value for the same test between the UK and the US is 0.0000086, hardly any better. So, have a think. Dreaming of a vacation in the Maldives? Thinking of moving to the UK? Better bring your gasmask!

Seriously, think about it. Gasmasks were invented to be as comfortable as possible, allowing the wearer to breathe as normally as possible, with good visibility, while protecting against any form of biological or chemical agent. They are built for long-term wear (several hours at least) and minimal disruption from regular activities (be it in warfare, or for civilian use).

The first time I wore my cloth mask outside, it felt like a gasmask to me. Even though it’s not more than a piece of cloth covering my face (not my eyes), it creates a sense of distance. The air is different, a certain amount of rebreathing your own air takes places, the smells of nature are dampened as if your nose doesn’t quite work right.

To be honest, I had a hard time getting used to it. The first time I went out, I felt detached from my environment. Like a shield between me and the outside, the mask took away essential senses. Frankly, it felt not much different from wearing a gasmask.

So, for those of you out there who are curious about what it’s like to wear a gasmask, you’ve probably already gone about two-thirds of the way. The thing is, the last third is the best. At least if you’re curious.

You know what it’s like to breathe through a filter, to get only partially fresh air, to have at least some of your senses limited. Even speaking takes some getting used to. What’s there to add with a gasmask? The erotic side.

Think of the gasmask as serving the same purpose. Protecting you from the environment. The gasmask is your friend, not something to be afraid of. Those large round eyes are not to make you look alien, but rather to give you visibility. The rubber is there to seal itself closely against your skin, preventing contaminated air from entering through the sides.

It does take your senses away, more than a cloth mask. But it also adds to the sense of protection, or being isolated from the harsh environment. To be sheltered in your own cocoon. Even the air you breathe has to ask for permission to enter. If you have no filter attached to the gasmask, then you can breathe as easily as when you wear no mask at all.

The air comes in one way, where a filter or other devices can be attached and exists through a one-way valve. The way the filters are designed, they do absorb the finest particles and protect you from pollutants. But they do not inhibit breathing itself. At least not to any significant degree. You can go all day and be fine.

Of course, the kinky world has had a field-day with gasmasks for years. Perhaps ever since they were no longer needed for fear of chemical or biological warfare. In fact, I picked up a non-fetish, fully functional field gasmask, with a set of filters and a carrying bag for the bargain price of $39 at a fetish store in New York!

If you want to get the fetish version, then prices go up a bit, but you typically get a more attractive rubber version. And the real fun is when you begin to experiment with different attachments. Perhaps first just a long tube, then a breathing bag. There are an almost infinite variety of possibilities, including or course the mask itself.

Should you find yourself getting any sense of protection, any comfort from wearing a facial mask while the coronavirus is around, you should think about exploring a full gasmask. Go slow, don’t use any attachments. Then let your inner kink take over and see where it takes you. You may just like it.

Wicked Wednesday

19 thoughts on “Should you be wearing a Gasmask?

  1. You have almost convinced me, almost. I love the look of a gas mask, but the idea of it still scares me. The same way it still scares me to wear a cloth mask, but I will. Once I am used to the cloth one, who knows, I might just decide to try a gas mask too 😉
    ~ Marie

  2. I am actually quite keen to try one and these pictures of you just make me want to try all the more. I quite like a hood so I think I would be ok in a gas mask too and am interested to know how it would feel. I would love to have the confidence to wear it out but I think that would be for an erotic humiliation fantasy only 😊

    1. The feeling is hard to describe – a bit like diving for the first time. As far as wearing it in public, you could always say it’s a political statement. 😉

  3. A cool post! Especially the statistics part. Looks like you put your degree to a vital use. It takes a special kinkster to get excited about tiny pee values 😛

    Your post reminded me about the times I wore a gas mask. A few times in the middle/high school, as a part of the civil defense curriculum. A couple of times in a bootcamp, in a tent filled with teargas, to test how well we grunts learned to fit the mask on. And the final few times while hiding in an isolated room in a suburb of Tel Aviv during the operation Desert Storm, when Saddam decided to throw a few dozen scuds, potentially filled with nerve gas, in our direction, just because. None of these were life threatening or even dangerous. But now the situation is different, and I am considering getting a gas mask if the inevitable second wave is higher than the first one. Hmm, better check the places to get it from.

    1. I was hoping someone would comment on the pee-value…. There seem to be two trends, fashion items for a mask, or the serious stuff. I don’t see health workers going around in gas masks, so no competition there. I’d think army supply stores would have functional ones, though I bet someone is making serious ‘virus-masks’ that are just as good as gas masks. Glad none of your previous experiences turned out to be posing any real threat. xo

  4. indeed i do want to try one and may head to the Army Surplus store to get my first.
    Your photos of you in them are hot and make me want to wear one too

    1. Go ahead! Virus or now, with what’s going on in the world, it seems like a smart investment. 😉

  5. I love wearing my CPAP full face mask with hose. I’ve thought of getting filters more like the N95 to insert into it for air cleaning. I do my own version of breath play mixed with meditation focusing on my breath. I now feel a sense of comfort in it. Wearing a cloth mask I feel more exposed, more out in the open. I’ve thought of wearing it out in the public sphere, not just in my privates. I do know that in my mask I’ll never look as hot or beautiful as you do. XOXO

    1. Go for it! It’s not how you look, but what it feels like on the inside. I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to a cloth mask. Even a medical mask would be better, but we’re not supposed to get those. So, why not give the full mask a try? 😘

  6. I really thinking about getting a gas mask. It took me a long time (and several amazon returns) to have the courage to wear a leather hood. And now I really enjoy the tight feeling around my head. I have actually seen one person with a gas mask outside…

    1. I bet nobody would think much of it – between allergies and the need to wear masks in public places anyway, it seems only prudent. That it feels good is something nobody else needs to know. 😊

  7. You had me at the stats – great! and you look fab – we have a gas mask here where i am staying! Not tried it but just mayyyyybeeee i will!
    May x

    1. Oh, please do try it. You don’t have to keep statistics on it, but what an opportunity to see what it’s like without coming across as ‘weird’. xoxo

  8. I used to need to wear a full face respirator in a previous job I had. I fully agree with all you said here, I would only like to add the need for a fit text if you are truly wearing it for protection against environmental agents. I always had an extra feeling of safety wearing one and sometimes watching the people around at the store that refuse to wear one makes me miss those days.

    1. Totally agree. If it really matters, it’s amazing how a poor fit easily lets unfiltered air in. It always strikes me as odd that protective gear for one job is considered to be outside of social norms otherwise. xoxo

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