Then why the steady drip drip drip of claims that masks "dont help much"?Hey please don't put words in my mouth. You're better than that. I never said they weren't relevant. I'm open to the idea they might reduce viral loads but I'm skeptical that they'd help much except in indoor locations where you might find ill people and get stuck interacting randomly with them: grocery stores, buses and subways, schools (with the exception of younger kids where they might not transmits though more study still needs to be done), airplanes, sadly church. I've also written that we need to stop using the bandanas (which might be worse than nothing) and paper masks and focus on geting really good masks. I also think the evidence is clear they can't stop an outbreak. I'm open to the idea they help...but because the big transmissions are in private events or in the home (where people don't wear masks) or in medical settings (where there's a lot of virus potenitally) I don't think they help very much.
As to news sources, I read everything from The Nation to Breitbart. Sadly, when it comes to this topic the right leaning papers have just generally been more well thought out, though at the beginning when they were arguing this was "just the flu" I was also skeptical.
You know as well as I do that a 30% reduction in transmission is significant. Why constantly argue against it?