It's often hard to see how an individual's action can affect the over-all picture but there has been study after study that helps us recognize that some simple actions are worth doing, mask wearing being just one. You can't necessarily see that it helps, but overall, it does have a positive effect, as does ventilation, distancing and hand-washing - a leap of faith if you like, but not a hard one to make. I've just read a comment on an American YT channel (where the low take-up of the afore-mentioned precautions in some areas is resulting in some very upsetting numbers...) thus:But... nothing works
In happier times, I'd have chuckled when I read that, but as I've just watched this (yesterday of all days!) I don't feel in a very humorous frame of mind. You tend to forget what a sob this virus can be until you see patients struggling to deal with it...Mask-wearing isn't a politcal statment - it's an IQ test.
And one last comment: perhaps folks are getting tired of reading about infection rates that seem to go endlessly up & up, as if nothing we do has any impact - I know I am - but I would say that it's now that the basic simple precautions are more important than ever! The more there is of it around, the harder we have to work to protect ourselves and our loved ones.