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Are you becoming numb to the daily reports of surging coronavirus cases or does it still worry you when you see each day's figures?

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what worries me is the lack of initiative on the part of the J gov. When I see more active testing abroad and more restrictions on movement, I feel that at least the gov is doing something. But Japan to me is like a parent who is always drunk and never takes care of their child, leaving that child to fend for itself.

12 ( +14 / -2 )

I am not numb to it, but neither do I worry about it so much. I look to the numbers more out of curiosity than anything else.

Still waiting for that vaccine so I can take off the mask.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

No, I’m more worried about the government’s head in the sand approach to the virus. It’s deadly.

16 ( +18 / -2 )

No, I’m more worried about the government’s head in the sand approach to the virus. It’s deadly.

Absolutely!!!

8 ( +11 / -3 )

What about the Olympics?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

No! I'm not becoming numb to the daily reports and in fact we seek out information about what is happening in our locations. We share the info we our neighbors. Some of then also seek and share info. We went from zero to 160 cases last month. We don't let it worry us but we do remind ourselves to take whatever care we can. Masks, distancing, washing hands and taking daily temps.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Not at all. Living in a relatively small town, when some one catches Covid19 or dies from it, chances are we know someone who knows them. It's a little frightening when we see X number of people are infected because either we might know them or we might have contact with them.

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It’s definitely not wrong to attentively watch and analyze the daily numbers and then therefore to be worried. If more people would have done so right from the beginning, especially those ‘experts’ in responsibility and power, we wouldn’t even discuss that here now. Almost everything went wrong and what me really worries, it still does!

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Yes a bit over them.  The virus is just not lethal enough in the general population for the level of hysteria and endless media coverage it gets.

Not to say the way it has been dealt with is great either, but media frenzy just doesn't help the authorities to make rational and sensible decisions.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

I became desenstized about a month after they started posting cases every day. To me, it just felt like watching stock exchange figures. The only thing that still alarms me about this pandemic are the counter productive government measures being taken and the lack of common sense among the public about living through a pandemic.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Actually, I'd like there to be even more reports - on a transparent, factual basis.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

When ya see people around ya get it - since it'll affect how things around you operate (work, hospitals, schools, shops, restaurants, theaters, banks, etc.)

The more people get it, the more restricted everything becomes

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Bird flu worries me more

At least yakitori is still available in a Coronavirus zone, and infectious ness and control is easier nowadays

Numbers infected are one thing - For pandemics, pay more attention to percentages

3 ( +3 / -0 )

No and no.

Put measures in place at the start to minimise risk, still keeping to them so nothing has changed. No point worrying about factors outwith my control, I deliberately ignore the drumbeat of daily reported figures as they are meaningless, only the overall trend.

Managing a pandemic is a long process, it can’t be sorted in 45 minutes, it was thus in 1348, 1665, 1918 and is still today.

At least now we can develop vaccines to help bring the outbreak to an end.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Better to be numb than stiff. Seeing the daily numbers reminds me that this is not a hoax as some believe, it is not going away so soon and there's no miracle cure. Wear a mask and take precautions!

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Yes ..I am... I no longer even care to look at the numbers everyday.

That said, me and my family still continue to sanitize all our stuff, shoes to avoid cross contamination .. and follow quite a few rules when we enter the house after going out. We haven't been to a single restaurant since mid-February, when the news of the virus started becoming big, and we haven't visited any indoor amusement facilities... We stick to outdoors.

This is an year for survival.

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If you're tired and becoming numb of daily cases reports all you you to do is just not reading it. But if others need the info for whatever reason, then the information is readily available because it's still reported on a daily basis.

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Numb?

No. Watching reports of people struggling to survive, some of them on their death beds, broken medical staff having to deal with the deaths of patients and colleagues... how can anybody be numbed by this?

I imagine the kind of people who are immune (no pun intended) to such death and suffering don't bat an eyelid when it comes to Uighurs incarcerated, or children being caged in the US.

Compassion fatigue until you or a member of your family ends up in an ICU.

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borschtDec. 9  12:33 pm JST

Not at all. Living in a relatively small town, when some one catches Covid19 or dies from it, chances are we know someone who knows them. It's a little frightening when we see X number of people are infected because either we might know them or we might have contact with them.

No. However I did start to worry when people stopped making sense and when the excuse of a POTUS lied and denied about it. I did start worrying bigtime when he tweeted his terroristic messages to his militia trash followers in April. Then came the civil unrest which he is largely to blame for. And even after the ByeDon victory celebrations last month (which were certainly justified) I was worried about that and the number of people sick increased tremendously.

The same goes for the UK, France, Germany and elsewhere where there's been protests or where people partied during the summer like it's 1999. That happened a lot in America too. And other countries like Belarus their dictatorial gov'ts are waging open war on their citizens (that has happened in America too).

All this violence and double talk, and too many American parents demanding school sports games to continue as if there was no pandemic, and too much misinformation - it's resulted in child endangerment and the spread of the disease and more deaths when it could have been avoided or at least with less cases.

And I'm even more worried now. My aunt in Kentucky died after a long illness (not CoVid related) and even though the funeral was restricted to 25 people, several of them were exposed and some of my cousins, etc. are under quaranteen right now. Even worse, my uncle - a widower after 65 years of marriage is sick with CoVid bigtime. Even though they're all far away in another state - I'm worried as hell!

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While I was earlier in the year, now, I am not worried about cases, since they are somewhat meaningless without further context (e.g. number of PCR cycles, whether they are a cluster, whether they are elderly or young, what symptoms they have, and so forth).

What is concerning is death numbers, which will give you a more accurate picture of how severe the virus is at any given point, as well as how many people in at-risk groups are getting infected.

On the other hand, I agree overall that it is not lethal enough to warrant the attention it gets. If we had a daily ticker for suicide deaths or another disease—including influenza in normal years—we would be able to put this into perspective. Compassion is not the same as worry—love does not necessitate mental anguish, but seeing what needs to be done level-headedly and doing it.

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But Japan to me is like a parent who is always drunk and never takes care of their child, leaving that child to fend for itself.

Well said Aly,.... I,d add its like a parent that takes the child,s pocket money to spend on the booze.

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My aunt in Kentucky died after a long illness (not CoVid related) and even though the funeral was restricted to 25 people, several of them were exposed and some of my cousins, etc. are under quaranteen right now. Even worse, my uncle - a widower after 65 years of marriage is sick with CoVid bigtime. Even though they're all far away in another state - I'm worried as hell!

Sorry to hear about your loss and family worries, starpunk.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

No. I'm WAAAYY more concerned about the random maskless jokers walking around thinking everything is all G.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

I do pay attention to the numbers. They aren't perfect due to the crap testing regime, but at least they give you some sense of the direction things are heading in which, unfortunately, has not been good recently.

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