You missed the point, it wasn't for your benefit, it was for the people around you, kind of to stop the wearer spreading it. But as many people are very inconsiderate, that probably didn't cross your mind
Which then begs the question, do you expect every person in the country/world to wear a mask for ever more?
Covid is now with us forever.....within reason, unless we develop sterilising immunity.
I am in complete agreement that if someone has any cough/cold/flu/Covid symptoms, a mask would be a very good idea.
However, to expect perfectly healthy people to wear a mask I personally feel is an imposition too far.
I made the decision, due to the fact that
a) I had had 5 (shortly after 6 doses) of vaccine, and my results were "off the charts" according to the doctor. I was told that according to the results, they felt there was less than a 2% chance I would contract the Delta variant at that time. (7 months later my results are still "off the charts", and although I spent a whole week with a BA.5 positive case, there is not a single trace of it in my system......it would appear my immune system worked better than even the doctors hoped, thanks to the vaccines.
b) At no time have I had symptoms of Covid, or anything else, not even a sore throat.
c) I had to take a lateral flow test virtually every day, and a PCR once a week, and upload the result to a special app that sent the info to the hospital. So I knew 99.99% certain I was Covid free.
So yes, it did cross my mind, but I felt on balance, the mitigating factors outweighed a risk of virtually zero.
I fully understand that some people feel extremely worried about catching Covid. I understand more than most....I volunteered to work in ICU during the first and second wave, so I saw the devastating effects.......I had a family member die of Covid.
However, we must reach a point where there is an equilibrium.
Some would have us locked down, masks worn 24/7, and never leave the house. While others, would do absolutely nothing, and just carry on completely as normal whatever happens.
As a society, we must find an equilibrium, while also realising that every person has freedom of choice.
So myself personally. I will get vaccinated every year, I will stay at home if I'm ill (regardless if its Covid/Flu/Cold), if I must leave the house and I have symptoms of some form, I will wear an FFP3 mask.
I know not everyone may agree......but I know myself the risk ratio for me personally.......and as such, I will make decisions based on that.....which is what every individual should do. If they actually do it or not is an entirely different matter.
As a side note, I've been asked to have a "booster" of the Omicron vaccine in October......the BA4/5 specific version which will probably be released in Spring next year......to see what happens when its combined with the BA.1 version they're giving out shortly. So, I will proba;y be one of the best protected people in the country if not the world