Not a lot of people know this, but the term ‘quack’ was given to doctors during the bubonic plague. The doctors, back then, were almost as ignorant about the causes and cures of that plague as many doctors, sadly, are about this plague (Key Facts - it’s a bioweapon, it appears to have lost potency, ‘second waves‘ are things that occur in the ocean and hydroxychloroquine cures it anyway.) Doctors back then were, rightly, as terrified about the plague as the next man. They knew it was terrible but had no idea what caused it (since germ theory hadn’t been created yet by Pasteur) and so they ascribed it to bad odours. In fact, even if they had been aware that it was the bug yersinia pestis that caused the skin to erupt in pustules, they still had no hope of treating it once it had taken hold. They would have to await penicillin to fix that one. That didn’t stop them trying though and their solution was... wait for it... you’ll never guess... a mask! Yes, the quacks of old would wear dramatic and comical masks to ward away these ‘bad odours’ - and anyone sensible and well enough to get away too. They would take what resembles a duck’s bill and fill it full of oregano, rosemary and whatever fragrant herbs they had growing in their front garden. A mask on steroids (thats another story...). Then, they would breeze from house to house, avoiding contact with anyone sick if sensible, and collect their silver coins and gold soverigns for a days work hardly done. Of course, dressed like this, they looked frankly terrifying and any sensible person kept both themselves and their money well away from them. During the plague years this anti-doctor mentality spread and doctors were increasingly dismissed with prejudice. Their comical bill gave them no realistic protection from yersinia pestis but it’s resemblance to a duck did give them a new, unfortunate, moniker:
Fast forward a few centuries and now we have a different bug causing a pandemic (although on a historic mortality scale this pandemic is the Accrington Stanley of football teams and has practically disappeared as soon as it arrived). Of course, old habits die hard and so, rather than do things like, er, read studies, or apply critical thinking so they can understand medicine, the so-called experts dig deep into their fusty and cobwebbed medical bag and pull out...
You got it - more masks. What utter quackery! I’m not even going to waste my time linking to references showing they don’t work. That’s like trying to prove a negative. The onus is on them to show it does work in the manner in which they are applying them. Despite this, I have looked, and there is about as much evidence they work to prevent pandemic spread as there is that duck bills worked in the Middle Ages. Wearing a poorly fitting piece of old fabric over your face will not prevent you catching coronavirus and there is no evidence that it will prevent the spread at a population level. With, or without, rosemary - although that will at least make your breath smell better.
So, it might seem logical and common-sense to wear a mask, but just remember the rich tradition you are following. Doctors who are promoting this bizarre and anti-social behaviour are probably just reverting to type, it’s like a centuries old tick they have. Best to humour them and then suggest that there might be a bit too much melancholia in the air. That should confuse and scare them enough to be able to get away whilst they seek out some fresh rosemary and oregano. *I’ll just leave this here: convince me with evidence that mandated masks works to make an overall healthier population in a coronavirus pandemic and I will give you £10 000. You won’t be able to (unless you get Surgisphere to fake a study and then the Lancet to publish it) - because it doesn’t.