I think you are mistaking my enthusiasm for any type of benefit as also saying that they have an ability to end the pandemic. I of course, never said that, nor do I believe it.I think the issue is you constantly promote masks as an always positive solution (they are not) and their use will make a large difference in the spread equal to all other measures, like distancing/isolation. Almost everyone agrees they will provide some level of additional control over the spread of covid but they are not near the top of the list.
The overall problem is not the mask. It is the improper use of the mask, combined with the fact that people do not wear them all the time. Most people live unmasked for more time then they are masked.
Can't you see that in those studies, even if the mask did prevent infection 100% of the time (which it won't), it would not show up nearly as positive when they are only worn a smaller percentage of the time by the participants and usually handled improperly. Can't people see what I am saying here. If I recall the study did show a small benefit in reducing infections, which with the way people wear them is quite remarkable. However, when one considers they were primarily looking at reducing infections of healthy people and when people understand that a mask doesn't do that, the study is not relevant to why a person should wear a mask to protect themselves.
Again, a mask does not prevent infection. It can and does reduce the size of the infection a person obtains to a more manageable and possibly life saving lower dose.
Show me a study against that point and we may have something useful to talk about. Again, I would like nothing more then to toss my masks in the garbage. I am just not a fan of dying.