Am I missing something here? The majority of people who are exposed to COVID-19 experience mild symptoms or no symptoms whatsoever. Yet all of those people are being asked to make significant sacrifices, including wearing a mask in public, in order to protect the few of us who are at risk.
The masks do not protect the wearer. They only reduce the risk that a virus particle from an asymptomatic person will escape and travel through the air on a droplet of lung juice and land in the nostrils of an unsuspecting victim. Apparently, those decorative cloth masks keep virus in, but not out.
To complicate things, many people who are asked to wear masks do not believe in science, medicine or the value of their fellow human beings. Why should they be required to wear a mask?
I think that those of us who care to protect ourselves from the virus should be issued a supply of N95 masks. Now, those things protect the wearer. If I had an N95, I could go grocery shopping safely, even if infectious people were breathing at me. I could protect myself, instead of asking others to protect me.
Why is there still a shortage of N95s?