Thanks for the quote. Herein lies the most telling part about the mentality of western culture. It's always about what something can do for their own selves.
The thing about mask wearing isn't so much about protecting one's own self, than it's about protecting everyone else around us. It could be true that when it comes to protecting ourselves, hand washing might be more effective than mask wearing. But masks' biggest effect is stopping dead at the source, such as an infected person, knowingly or otherwise, from spreading the virus without any impediment.
Thus, this also requires an amount of societal cooperation, be it naturally, or enforced by a higher enlightened authority for it to succed. It's only when a vast majority of a society adheres to mask wearing, that is when it works. No half hearted measures.