I've said this many times here -- with dozens of peer-reviewed medical studies to back it up, that cloth masks worn by the general public are worse than useless; they're harmful.100% agree on this. And not just lockdown schemes - masks are complete bollocks too. I don't know anyone that's died or even had COVID outside of myself, but my own mom got a bacterial infection in her lungs from a mask.
A 3-layer or better cotton mask, worn properly indoors in confined conditions, by individuals properly trained in the wearing, handling, and disposal of the mask, is helpful. But cloth masks, and the manner in which the general public uses them, contribute to the spread of the disease through a variety of factors. Every time I'm out in public and see people laying their mask on a restaurant table or countertop, or touching their mask, then their face (or worse, for me, door handles or other objects I may touch), I can't avoid wincing.
And of course, all this ignores that even the very best of masks, under the best of conditions and worn by highly trained individuals, do much less than simple good hand hygiene and cough hygiene. Yet how much focus does the media place on those measures?