So here’s the thing- my risk of catching and further dying of covid (you didn’t touch on risk or permanent damage that folks who are recovered are experiencing) but there are people who are at higher risk due to age or co-morbid condition. My wearing a mask overall reduces spread and reduces the risk to those who are more vulnerable.
Think of it like wearing a seatbelt- yes, a seatbelt protects me. But it also protects the other occupants of the car FROM me because in an accident my body could become an object that hits others if I am not restrained.
“Just do you” doesn’t really work when our actions or lack of action have an impact on others: we should concern ourselves with protecting the vulnerable especially when the actions we take to protect them are not risky or harmful to ourselves. Those experiencing anxiety or distress from wearing masks can try different types of masks or practice relaxation techniques while increasing their wear time. With there appearing to be no lasting immunity from infection and vaccines still in trial, and the need for people to work in the absence of a strong social-economic safety net to keep more people home, wearing masks in public is likely going to be our new normal for the foreseeable future and desensitization rather than complete exemption should be the priority.
I think it’s interesting that people have more concern for a manageable response to mask wearing than the people who are at risk for death or long term sequelae from covid. Yes, anxiety and psychological distress is a very real thing (and widespread mask use allows us to have some of the social interaction that keeps us mentally healthy) but **** everyone who’s over 65, has asthma, is immunocompromised, draws the statistical short straw and is young and healthy, etc etc?
As far as your risk assessment goes....part of how we get it lower and keep it lower ARE mask and social distancing measures. Also....3% mortality to something we have no immunity to is really high. That’s vastly higher than the flu.