Grim your correct about mask use and misuse. A screen door is a door but not effective on a submarine other than keeping fish out. What we are doing with masks is mitigation and placation of property owners such as park departments who regulate the sites we are allowed to use. Do I feel better with 10 people on a drivers stand wearing facial covering than not? Yes.
I look at the whole Covid epidemic like a game of whack"a"mole. You can get real good watching one hole and then maybe two or three and holding your hand over one. If you want to beat the mole the one sure way is pull the plug on the machine. I think life can go on without a total shutdown but it may require some personal sacrifices and inconveniences.