once a country starts making masks compulsory , you know the virus is out of control
I don't think so. The evidence seems to be that masks are a fairly easy & low cost way to reduce spread of the virus.
I would think it would be one of the first things to do when you have cases of the virus wild in the community.
if masks are made compulsory then you dont know who has it where it is and where it is spreading to. It is far more effective to ban group gatherings, stay home as much as possible and keep social distance when you go out, pretty much like we did. Again masks are just used to stop the spread of the virus , they still dont prevent you catching it. if you watch footage of people in the USA they think they are safe so they dont bother practising social distancing and they gather in large groups with people who dont wear masks , it's the exact reason the government here didnt make masks compulsory because people feel safe and dont bother to do the main things that keep you safe.