I know masks work but they are more symbolic. The fixation with masks in this thread is bordering on groupthink,. Masks were never mandated outside of the state of Victoria in Australia and yet we almost squashed the virus. I never said Australia made no mistakes. Of course, nobody is perfect. But anyone who bothers to check the graph can see the success of our lockdowns without masks and no government health official can deny this. Yes there were mistakes made with older residents but these are being addressed - plus a minister has been replaced. We are still waiting for the Victorian state government to admit culpability. Latest stats show cases and deaths falling again. And not because masks are compulsory in Victoria.I don't think I get it,you include social distancing and quarantine but strangely omit masks as part of a strategy,certainly nobody intelligent has said that masks and the ultimate solution to anything \ everything. Australia is certainly no success story listening to there government health officials. In Australia,similar to the US old people are the ones,effected, sad but true. The Aussie government took drastic actions to push resources towards the vulnerable older residents.