We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Forget the politics and forget the hate and the hateful media. As Scott Adams says (and as I observe), the American people almost entirely come together in positive ways when the going gets tough. We might not be a family, but we're a team. Team America.
That is when it matters. Petty politics and sniping are for the good times, not the challenging and sacrificial times. Nobody is worrying about pronouns or the weather now, thank goodness. Unfortunately, there are more important issues.
If you had 330 million masks and issued everyone one mask. It would not do any good for 325 million people. BUT it would doom every active health care worker to being exposed to the virus. They spend a 12 hour (some work longer hours) a day in a highly contagious environment. The rest of us, some 325 million of us do not and the mask only serves to "comfort" us kind of like whistling past a graveyard. BUT if you have 330 million masks and preserve them for use by those who are likely to be exposed so that they can put on a fresh mask as needed THEN these critical health care workers will remain uninfected and able to provide health care and save lives. Is what the Surgeon General said than a lie? NO! Not in the context of what we know about contagious diseases and health care.
I'm not persuaded a mask would change my personal odds much. It probably would have two effects: to make me even like likely to leave the house than at present, and to make me more aware of the need to avoid touching my face.
Masks aren't common in my community yet, perhaps a sign that anxiety is not a peak levels yet. So far there are no confirmed cases in my county, but they are showing up in fairly small numbers in neighboring counties. Some resentment of outsiders is cropping up. If masks become standard, refusing to wear them probably will set off an "us vs. them" reaction.