Masks and glory holes: the future of sex?

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The sexual safety of coronaviruses is a growing concern as our thirst for a collective pandemic rises to almost unsustainable levels. Now that the foreclosure measures are starting to gain momentum, the public health field is beginning to wonder what a compromise between physical distance and physical gratification might look like.

Since most physical distance measurements rely on controlling the spread of COVID-19 through respiratory droplets, doctors and public health councils are proposing fairly new ways to avoid spreading the virus.

A new study by three Harvard doctors, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests that people should wear masks and avoid kissing during sex.

Although the authors argue that abstinence is still the safest way to avoid getting the virus, they also admit that it is not realistic – and add that adopting a mindset that equating sex with danger could have “insidious psychological effects at a time when people are particularly sensitive to mental health problems.” ”

To mitigate the risks, they suggest limiting the number of partners and avoiding people with symptoms of COVID. They also suggest that people who have sex with partners outside their home should take a shower before and after, avoid sexual acts involving the oral transmission of bodily fluids, and then cleanse with soap or alcohol wipes. .

Meanwhile, the New York City Department of Health – which issued guidelines saying “You are your safest sex partner” at the start of the pandemic – is now imagining what the guidelines for safe sex that helps prevent COVIDs.

Their most recent guidelines echo other findings that indicate that the likelihood of sexual transmission of COVID-19 is low and that “people are going to and should have sex” during this protracted public health crisis. “Consider using harm reduction strategies to reduce the risk to yourself, your partners and our community. ”

NYC’s health department has taken the lead in offering guidelines for group sex and orgies, including limiting meeting size, going with a consistent sexual partner, choosing well-ventilated areas, and – yes – by wearing a mask.

“Maybe that’s your thing, maybe not, but during COVID-19, wearing a face covering that covers your nose and mouth is a good way to add a layer of protection during sex. Heavy breathing and gasping can spread the virus further, and if you or your partner have COVID-19 and don’t know it, a mask can help stop this spread. ”

This tip for alternative barriers during sex was also present: “Make it a little frizzy. Be creative with sexual positions and physical barriers, such as walls, that allow sexual contact while preventing face-to-face contact. ”

“Gloryholes as a Public Health Device,” writes Atlantic writer Amanda Mull tweeted today in semi-disbelief after reading the document. (And that’s what we all say.)

@nataliamanzocco



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