"If you have a fucking mask, wear it."
I prefer ~ if you don't need to go out and watch a movie, wine and dine, hang out at a pub and generally think you are looking at a disaster in the comfort of a mask, stay home.
"Meanwhile I still see leading, and sadly influential, medical officials in Europe stating that masks aren't necessary."
There is often a big part of the equation that the mask hoarders selectively omits. These influential, medical officials, etc you mentioned usually end their sentence like this - "so that people who need them, such as sick people and medical staff can have them so that they can treat do their job".
Every time I see random people in full hospital gear showing up on the street, I would think to myself, an Italian or Spanish medical staff is probably dead because of that. Because of their death, more will not be treated and infect others.
Where do these people get these equipment anyway and why are government hospitals loosing gears?
Most people think mask wearing protects them, not because they are considerate. If they are, most of them would have stayed home, not throwing used masks in the hiking trails.
Lastly, we already knew that them same transmission mechanism will pass the virus through their eyes. So if we are wearing a mask not eye protection, are we still the heroes that we think we are?