I don't agree with the fine but that's not what I am talking about, I am talking about the mask wearing rules themselves, it's not some bit violation of our rights to have us cover our mouths with a small piece of cloth.
Have you thought, maybe if people followed the guidelines and rules then we wouldn't need fines? But no, we have idiots ignoring the rules.
And yes, there is loads of evidence that masks are effective. There have been many experiments that showed the effectiveness of reducing water droplets spread, one of the primary ways covid spreads.
Im not sure one can factually state there is "loads" of evidence that masks are effective. There are studies on both sides of the argument that show a mask may be effective, and the term mask is very ambiguous. A mask can be on the spectrum of a gator to a simple face mask to a cotton mask to an n95 to a respirator. Not all are equal and some can cause more harm in the spread of covid.
I do agree that masks may help reduce droplet particles. But the issue with covid is that it is not solely droplet particles that are the issue. It is the airborne aspect that seems to make it so virulent in its infectious potential. a simple face mask (medical term we use for the common "colored" mask you see) is NOT used for airborne protection. It is used for droplet particles only and its intended use is 1x. An N95 or similar mask is what is intended for airborne particles. So for someone to say that people are idiots for not following rules that are NOT based in science is completely disingenuous.
as an RN, one of the most logical thoughts I've read / studied behind the face masks is its ability to reduce viral load on the receiving end. There is a theory (yes a theory because its impossible to have meta analytical data this early on in a pandemic), that the face masks can help produce herd immunity by reducing the viral load of a recipient. Basically, instead of thousands of covid particles being inhaled, a person could possibly turn that number into hundreds of viral particles inhaled by wearing a cloth or simple face mask. This reduced viral load could potentially allow the persons immune system to build a defense and have a "lesser" response to the viral infection. Sort of like gaining an active immunity. This is somewhat supported by the evidence of the frontline health care workers in places such as new york dying at a high rate. These nurses ran out of PPE and were subjects to massive viral loads on a daily basis.
Why does herd immunity seem like a logical answer to this pandemic?
Besides possibly one or two cases of "reinfection", there doesn't seem to be many studies regarding the reinfection rate of covid. Yes you can find a few examples, but there is just not enough evidence to support that factually you can get covid twice. One of the ladies had cancer, which should automatically nullify that example. Which should also give us confidence in a vaccine (pending any side effects, since this vaccine was speed rushed).