1997 Thunderbird 4.6, 1998 Mark VIII LSC
I respect your position, but humbly disagree with several of your points, particularly with this section. Here in Ohio it's recommended that consumers wear masks, but not mandated. My wife and I choose to wear them in public when we interact with others, or when we interact with close family. While working I do not, as I don't interact with people much at all - if I do I'll put it on. It is definitely inconvenient and uncomfortable.The government issues an order, and you must comply. It is unpatriotic to disagree. It is insensitive to question. And it is reckless to disobey. You must comply!
It's not mindless compliance - it's consideration of the fact that because both my wife and I work and interact with many people still, that we could unknowingly be carriers and infect someone we interact with. My parents, her parents, her grandmother etc. who would almost certainly die if they were to get infected. Mask type doesn't matter as much for helping keep others near you from getting it via the vapors from your speech/respiration - N95/P95 etc. would be needed to prevent you from getting it from someone not wearing a mask.
It's not out of fear, it is out of respect for that fact that we don't know everything, and would rather not take reckless risks out of arrogance or pride that we are not asymptomatic carriers and put loved ones in harm's way. My brother, who still lives with my parents, took a voluntary extended leave of absence from his employer because they are ignoring the social distancing/hygiene rules and feels the same way.
Wearing a mask because state/local/federal officials are asking us to does not mean the country is going to turn into a fascist state. Now, mindlessly taking everyting one hears at face value without checking the facts behind the reports... is putting our feet on that path. Unfortunately many people do just that....