I've been following this conversation with interest. Specifically because it's so civil and rational. There are valid arguments on the side of both those who downplay the virus as well as those overreacting to it. I'll say that, regardless whether they "work" or not, meaning saving some infinitesimal risks, I have no issue covering my face with a mask in the current social circumstances deemed necessary to. I simply do it out of respect for the others. I do see overbearing enforcement of it, as well as restriction of free move as abuse of authority, and agree that needs to be in check and not supported but they play with fear which is how they control the masses. Ever heard of the use of "Please don't panic!" standard fear monger in any crowd?
Oh, but what to do when we see someone expressly ignoring the new commonly accepted "standards". What to think of those people? I mean, if I was ever sick with a flu or cold, since I was a child, I have been educated by my parents and society I grew up in, to put my hand or elbow, and a handkerchief when I know it's happening often, to block an irruption of saliva or what have you, when sneezing or coughing. It's only here in the land of the free I have discovered some take pleasure in arrogantly spraying you with their saliva when sneezing or coughing and not even blink at the thought how gross that is as social behavior. Forget the health risks issue, it's common etiquette used in reverse to demonstrate they can spit in one's face, arrogantly.
Do you think you can convince Americans to lower their voices in a French restaurant, in France?