Hi. Actually guy with a genetics degree here and hefty immunology course load. Wife is a public health RN. And I read journal articles and studies because I'm a nerd like that/
Great. From your own link:
5. Conclusion: Facemask use demonstrated mixed results, but a randomized control trial suggests that it is effective.
The vast majority of people wear masks incorrectly (removing them to talk, not practicing proper hygiene, not maintaining a sterile zone) and they have been proven to increase risk of transmission via a false sense of security.
Citation needed. Heck, I wonder how the hell would you even rigorously test a claim like that. As far as I am concerned, it is a mere opinion and a meme, not a scientific fact.
SARS-CoV-2 is droplet transmission and only aerosolized by certain medical procedures
And speaking, and breathing, and spitting, and coughing and sneezing..
As I said, east Asian countries, and increasingly even Western countries, are recommending or even mandating masks for general public. East Asian countries actually manage this pandemic quite well and have experience from SARS outbreaks, so their virologists are arguably the best in the world. They are not stupid and their guidelines are not due to public pressure only.
Also, you seem to be overstating how hard it is to wear a mask properly, this is not rocket science, nor a respirator. More importantly, even an improperly worn mask is better than nothing. Someone removes their mask for speaking? Sure it is dumb, but is it worse than an unmasked individual? That is very much debatable. Wearing a mask encourages touching the face? I may as well claim that it does the opposite and reminds/prevents the person from touching their face. And I bet there is no reliable study to show I am wrong on this.
Bottom line is, while the efficiency of mask use may be questionable and quality of evidence is often lacking, recommending NOT to wear masks is erroneous simply due to precautionary principle. At worst, mask use by general public may not help but it is a far larger stretch to claim it it does hurt. Hence why the top experts (who are NOT in WHO and CDC) recommend it.