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Coronavirus cases are rising in 42 of Japan's 47 prefectures because people like flowers and warmth

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Coronavirus cases are rising in 42 of Japan's 47 prefectures because people like flowers and warmth

No, they are rising because of the government's flip-flopping and confusing messaging.

19 ( +30 / -11 )

Yeah,yeah,yeah.But what is conveniently bypassed is that the daily deaths are very low.Back in January it got up to a hundred or so deaths per day.Yesterday was just 13.And it has been pretty low the past month. The attempts of spreading FUD is real,but crises show how people really are.

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It's going to spike again. In the daytime, shopping malls, coffee shops, and restaurants are crowded. Let's hope we don't have any friends or family end up on the death list. Then it won't feel like "just 13" or whatever the total will be in the future.

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@cracapath

You will never read that deaths are decreasing or cases are decreasing.

Good news are not welcome.

Even a prefecture or city would just show an increase of 1 positive case, the media and the paranoid fearmongering people will scream, Warning! Big increase in cases!

This numbers and cases became a complete laughing stock and hype for the fearmongering people and the media.

And of course, it can be used to complain again and again about Japan.

In my home country all my friends lost complete their interest in numbers. They have no idea how many cases today in this city or that city.

-20 ( +17 / -37 )

Japan being the world's most conformist society puts it at a huge advantage over other places with more "free-spirited" libertarian mentality. The fact that Japan cannot control this virus is the result of the abject failure of the inept people in charge.

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You will never read that deaths are decreasing or cases are decreasing.

Good news are not welcome.

So, you think that when cases decreases news suddenly stop reporting the number of cases? because that is false. There are plenty of news about whole countries being free of new infections for days or weeks, or about how vaccination rollout goes, those are perfectly fine good news about the pandemic.

In my home country all my friends lost complete their interest in numbers. They have no idea how many cases today in this city or that city.

I have no idea what do you thinks this proves, but problems do not disappear just because irresponsible people stop paying attention. Climate change do not magically disappear if people gets bored about recycling, war victims do not stop getting killed if you stop caring, COVID do not stop being dangerous just because you don't care anymore about rising number of infections.

If the people that are urging for control are the doctors and experts then it is not fear mongering, it is scientifically proven measures that will improve public health so a disaster can be avoided. That is very productive and how even in Japan with lukewarm measures we have managed to avoid the worst case scenario. In comparison your attitude helps nothing.

6 ( +19 / -13 )

Japan has not miraculously beaten nothing this will not end well.

18 ( +25 / -7 )

Japan has not miraculously beaten nothing this will not end well.

You saying this since more than one year!

When do you expect the Acopaclypse will happen here?

-15 ( +13 / -28 )

putting a strain on the country's medical system amid

Don’t tell me the system is already under strain after this slight increase

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Yawn.

As soon as 50.1 % of the population no longer care. All these grandstanding policies will suddenly disappear.

-2 ( +13 / -15 )

When do you expect the Acopaclypse will happen here?

It's probably happening as we speak. The Government will never disclose the true count, but you already know that.

6 ( +16 / -10 )

Even a prefecture or city would just show an increase of 1 positive case, the media and the paranoid fearmongering people will scream, Warning! Big increase in cases!

That's just not true, is it?

In my home country all my friends lost complete their interest in numbers. They have no idea how many cases today in this city or that city.

Of course. Where bad news is concerned, everyone knows that all you have to do is shut your eyes tight and block your ears and the bad news just miraculously disappears. Works every time.

4 ( +10 / -6 )

In my home country all my friends lost complete their interest in numbers.

That says a lot about your friends -- not the situation they are in.

9 ( +18 / -9 )

You will never read that deaths are decreasing or cases are decreasing.

The very article you are commenting on is enough to disprove that:

The Japanese capital saw a decrease in virus cases following a state of emergency in January through the beginning of March

4 ( +9 / -5 )

Golden Week camping trip's still on.

In the back garden : (

9 ( +14 / -5 )

Heading to Shiga for GW and Tohoku for Obon!

Can't wait!

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Hyogo Covid

Jan 13 new cases 5,819

Apr 2 new cases 2,714

Yesterday we visited Himeji Castle. Plenty of people out and about and having their picnics. Only saw two people not wearing a mask, and one was a foreigner.

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That says a lot about your friends -- not the situation they are in.

They are from Connecticut ...

-8 ( +7 / -15 )

At some point this virus will be defeated, but at what cost anyone call, slow and late vaccination is not helping either.

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@zichi

Jan 13 new cases 5,819

Apr 2 new cases 2,714

Only saw two people not wearing a mask, and one was a foreigner.

People here will not be happy to hear that

-11 ( +8 / -19 )

My neighbor a doctor has a clinic he said his business is down over half after covid he has to get loans to keep operation. No flu patients or covid patients. No sick people he might have to close down. It’s true!

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Covid deaths are camouflaged as respiratory failure, pneumonia. And yes, less deaths in total as less traffic deaths, no flu almost.

It is also clear that this virus affects Asians less then other races. Just factual evidence.

comparing between countries is very difficult. Nz for example is helped by the remoteness between people. Not because the government found a silver bullet all though they did a very good job.

In Japan, government did nothing really but people wear masks and that helps. The only thing we must now concentrate on is vaccination but government is making a shambles of that too. Japan will be lightyears behind all other countries. It saddens me to see this country I love fall so much behind in everything. Love does make blind they say but not in this case. Japan is sliding into unacceptable poverty levels, an economy bailed out by government, medical and social structures on the brink. Of course we always have the Olympics

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Weren’t the Olympics meant to be a symbol of how Japan and the world has overcome the virus... just spewing verbal diarrhea as ever.

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It appears that the last few months people have made their own judgement about Covid, well in Osaka anyway.

it’s been life as normal lately and people have been out enjoying themselves.

My partner and I have been out daily enjoying the weather and travelling around a lot.

Tomorrow we will take Shinkansen to Tokyo and sightsee for a few days, Taking advantage of great hotel deals and the lack of foreign tourists.

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There is no pandemic , the death rates for all morbidities are the same every year. I never get my comments left up so I’m sure this will come down too

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Well they always use a photo shot with an extreme telephoto lens which results in compressing near and far object. So this street was not, in reality, very crowded. So I think we can still congratulate people living here for not ignoring matters of social distancing.

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No flu patients or covid patients. No sick people he might have to close down.

Oh really?

Did your doctor tell you where the japanese government hide all the Covid patients?

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You will never read that deaths are decreasing or cases are decreasing.

I don’t know the media on Fantasy Island, but I read about cases and deaths increasing and decreasing quite often.

4 ( +10 / -6 )

So apart from me and a 80yr old man in my area, everybody wears paper masks. Even driving alone or jogging.

if the numbers are increasing then it means paper masks and 8pm curfews don’t work.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

If the numbers are increasing then it means paper masks and 8pm curfews don’t work.

Yes because we all know that places where there is a high risk, people do not wear a mask, I.e crowded bars and restaurants.

But where there is a near zero risk like the streets, nearly everyone wears a mask and the fews like me who do not are blamed by the mask police officers.

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@Jimizo

It seems that more and more people are coming to fantasy island.

Did you read Zichi post about foreigners and mask?

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If you believe the figures you are an idiot. It is impossible to get tested unless you are at death's door. All members of my family have been suffering from a virus with similar symptoms of corona for the last 3 weeks. The local doctors have refused to refer us for testing simply saying we have 'a virus'. Helpful, eh? We are just working on the assumption we have it. This is all so Japan can say it is doing a great job, let the games go ahead.

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... another wave, another pseudo state of emergency ... ‘till the next one.

smh

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I wear N95 masks even if I am vaccinated. You’d never know what variant is around. I had Pfizer and supposed to be good for UK and S African virants too. We do not need to wear mask if we eat with friends who have been vaccinated. Takes 2-3 weeks after each shot to work.

It is a must to wear a mask in streets because they could be asymptomatic and give me the virus passing by. Especially if they are talking to someone without a mask.

The vaccine prevents you from dying but you could still get COVID - but most likely mild.

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Bob MacaroniToday  10:31 am JST

If you believe the figures you are an idiot. It is impossible to get tested unless you are at death's door. All members of my family have been suffering from a virus with similar symptoms of corona for the last 3 weeks.

Sorry, but there are hund

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The numbers are all twisted only because of saving face for the upcoming unwanted Olympics.

I do believe that the number of cases are way higher than the ones that the propaganda gave us.

But also the irresponsibility of many people is stunning.

Like the Covid is something that is not affecting their society but some remote gaijin land countries.

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Bob MacaroniToday  10:31 am JST

If you believe the figures you are an idiot. It is impossible to get tested unless you are at death's door. All members of my family have been suffering from a virus with similar symptoms of corona for the last 3 weeks.

Sorry, but there are hundreds of stores and private clinics selling tests.

And if your doctor won't refer you, go to another hospital.

If you want a test it's easy to get.

And, what are your symptoms?

We are constantly told by many the medical professionals know best, yet when they don't think someone has corona suddenly they are part of a conspiracy.

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What difference does dining with four people compared to nine when you’re filling stadiums and concert halls with up to 5,000 people.

It’s all very well putting quasi lockdowns on cities with high numbers, but from sheer boredom, fear and stupidity those citizens travel at weekends to areas with low numbers and bingo .

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Who cares anymore.

I just go to work and go home. Conditioned now for work/home/mask when out and limit exposure and people. Maybe one day normal life will return just waiting it out.

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@zoroto/ fuzzy

Thank you always for your friendly comments.

I am neither posing as a doctor nor expert,

This type of question, is called a rhetorical question.

I hope this helps, and good luck with your English and Japanese studies.

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Corona is part of all Flu's and Covid has been labeled since Sar's continuing to Covid-19.

For years the number of flu cases were the big news for Japan, todays news has no such reports any longer.

The CDC, Who aren't keeping track, why?

As always there are many types of medicine available to help those suffering from mild to sever systoms due to the flu and Covid-19.

The common cold/fu are often treated by people who are able to think for themselves and know they are not feeling well and use over the counter medicines until they believe they are not working and seek medical help.

Appears that these people have disappeared and many now only listen to what the media/government says what should be done.

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Because the State of Emergency was cancelled and 99% of Japanese nationals partied like it's 1999 afterwards.

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Japanese are no different to any other nationality. We talk about following rules here etc, but in reality people have been selfish, stubborn and self centered during this last year.

Some places are ridiculously crowded, a trip to the supermarket, I see crowded restaurants, cafes and loads of people going in and out of shopping centres. Amazingly selfish

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Some places are ridiculously crowded, a trip to the supermarket, I see crowded restaurants, cafes and loads of people going in and out of shopping centres. Amazingly selfish

True. I have NEVER seen any form of social distancing except when they've been ordered to do so. People can't think on their own here.

Last time I went through immigration at Haneda Airport, they stupidly decided to make two lines right next to each other, and there was hardly any distance between people in either line. And that immigration hall is really big. And don't get me started on how they put us all in one area of the plane, me right next to two strangers, despite the plane being about 90% empty. (We were allowed to move but who the heck put designated those seats to us).

4 ( +9 / -5 )

Japanese are no different to any other nationality. We talk about following rules here etc, but in reality people have been selfish, stubborn and self centered during this last year.

Some places are ridiculously crowded, a trip to the supermarket, I see crowded restaurants, cafes and loads of people going in and out of shopping centres. Amazingly selfish

People follow rules blindly here, if there are rules. But there is no rule to limit occupancy at restaurants or cafes, so there is nothing follow or not-follow.

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If anyone believes that the true number of COVID is only a few thousand have their heads stuck in quick sand. 7 thousand COVID TESTS a day, making it difficult to get tested is very pathetic and if you really want to get tested quickly you need to pay 30 thousand yen. Wow, criminal at the max by the medical system and government all in the name of the Olympics. I have removed my son from Japan and he is going to reside on Guam and go to school here for a year where the numbers are low and where I know he will remain safe while I return to work.

The vaccine roll out according to my friend who works in the Kuakusho is all messy they have not even finished vaccination all the doctors and nurses in Japan.

Keep safe, everyone.

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HCQ should be made available. It is cheap and effective.

Paired with Zinc, Vit D, taken early in the illness will help cut it down to size.

It works, it's cheap, make it available!

The fear has gone on for too long, it needs to end.

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The more tests, the more positives. But they are not deadly.

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Sorry, but there are hundreds of stores and private clinics selling tests.

And if your doctor won't refer you, go to another hospital.

If you want a test it's easy to get.

And, what are your symptoms?

We are constantly told by many the medical professionals know best, yet when they don't think someone has corona suddenly they are part of a conspiracy.

Yes, you are right, there are thousands of clinics even, but it is not free to get tested. Perhaps 20-40 k per test. It is not such a big deal for me to know, so I assume it is covid and behave accordingly. But that is by the by... My point was that many people may not have the financial resources to ge tested on their own coin (you know people are working less and have less money here in case you didn't notice), especially if there are 3, 4, or more family members to test. Although it is not your business what our symptoms are, here you go: temperatures in excess of 38, dry cough, sore throats, fatigue, loss of chemoreception ability, fatigue, and conjunctivitis. So you be the judge. Our doctors just said it was a virus. I accept it could be anything and I am not a medical professional (I am assuming you are not either given you are reading and replying to these comments). I am also not saying there is a conspiracy at all, I think the government have been pretty blatant and open about their policies. There is a need to show corona is not a problem here (because of something beginning with O and ending in C) so it makes sense to limit testing...

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Osaka’s test numbers are over double to that of Tokyo (and still, very low). Now if only Tokyo tested even as much, we’d need to add a few more stages after 4...

(Btw, Carpslidy - sure, there are private tests, which

a) you have to pay out of your own pocket - which many can’t afford

b) won’t show in the official COVID statistics)

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Coronavirus permanently settles down Japan.

From May around can be operated vaccinations to general nationals .

All everything is fed up to the back teeth with this lackluster status !!

In this level anyone hasn’t really got their teeth into it yet .

Still safe we can see the Olympic torch relay and soccer , baseball games etc , sport events and wait for Olympics open. For now April try to go outing anywhere. Japan isn’t so patient people as all notice .

Even lockdown happened many times, it is exactly the same thing .

This country does not block the whole city being made lockdown, lukewarm response seemingly with a state of emergency something .

Smart, Clean and Tidy Japanese image virtually nothing to do it .

But as Olympics people will showcase a sort of beautiful posture .

At the last year as well, after the holiday break week in May later around maybe mitigate for the infections .But new typed variant one differs so far. Their optimistic point of view sets unreliable.

Under the restriction mood, Olympic success should make a pretty difficult task .

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yakyakToday  08:29 am JST

When do you expect the Acopaclypse will happen here?

It's probably happening as we speak. The Government will never disclose the true count, but you already know that.

I bet you're a fun person at parties. I suggest getting one of those wearable sandwich message boards and walk around Shibuya crossing with "The Apocalypse is probably happening" printed on it. Just so we know and don't accidently miss it, like we did the last time.

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Smart, Clean and Tidy Japanese image virtually nothing to do it

This is a grossly exaggerated myth to be fair.

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So called private test positives WILL be counted. Covid-19 is a notifiable disease meaning that the clinic administering the test has a DUTY to report. It may take several days to appear in the numbers but it will be counted.

And to get tested you need to have a high temperature, a persistent cough and answer yes when they ask if you have a loss of taste or smell. Even then only about 5% are testing positive. There is no secret dead body storage in Saitama as some on here seem to think. :)

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Calm down, take a deep breathe, don't panic, think positive, stay healthy.

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@Mr Kipling

So called private test positives WILL be counted. Covid-19 is a notifiable disease meaning that the clinic administering the test has a DUTY to report. It may take several days to appear in the numbers but it will be counted.

Got any proof for that?

What I know is this:

*"However, such facilities do not have an obligation to file reports on positive test results with prefectural governments, prompting calls of concern over their effects on preventive measures against infection. Onsite workers have also expressed their fears over inconsistencies in the tests' precision."*

*"However, the two companies do not inform public health centers of the results, even if positive test cases arise. Although the infectious diseases control law makes it mandatory for reports to be filed with prefectural governments when a doctor issues positive test results, the two operators, which do not involve medical practitioners, do not have such an obligation. Therefore, *individuals who have been confirmed with infections via tests at these private facilities are not included in the infection figures compiled by each prefectural government."

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20201228/p2a/00m/0na/027000c

If this has changed, however, would be happy to know. But with references, please.

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I sent a email to the White House imploring President Joe Biden, the leader of the free world, to cancel Japan's prime minister's visit because of that country's out-of-control COVID epidemic in the name of global unity.

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More for Mr Kipling:

And to get tested you need to have a high temperature, a persistent cough and answer yes when they ask if you have a loss of taste or smell. Even then only about 5% are testing positive.

Yet again, how about the asymptomatic carriers, or the ones with mild symptoms? Free to go to work, infect others, who then again infect their elderly parents or grandparents...

The governor of Miyagi just yesterday stressed on tv how serious the situation is. There patients, with their lungs in very poor condition - due to covid- and who should be in hospitals, are taken to hotels with an IV-drip, as there's no more space in the hospitals. And now they're starting to struggle to find even hotels for these patients.

And once again - it's not just about the bodies. It's also about the possibly permanent damage and long lasting serious symptoms.

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The false pandemic continues.

-3 ( +6 / -9 )

Japan should learn from some of the states in the US and simply declare victory and open everything up. The governor where I am did. Now restaurants, gyms and bars are packed elbow-to-elbow with no mask, screaming yahoos. "Yeehaw!"

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HCQ should be made available. It is cheap and effective.

Paired with Zinc, Vit D, taken early in the illness will help cut it down to size.

It works, it's cheap, make it available!

The fear has gone on for too long, it needs to end.

I agree with everything you wrote, except that vit D must be taken ahead of time; it takes days for your body to convert it to the final active compound.

BTW, you might want to also look into quercetin; I've heard good things about it and you can order it from Amazon.

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Vinke...... Covid-19 is a cat.2 infectious disease in Japan. The link is to the National Institute of Infectious diseases. Scroll down to Table 1 on pg 6.

https://www.niid.go.jp/niid/images/epi/nesid/nesid_en.pdf

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HCQ should be made available. It is cheap and effective.

Paired with Zinc, Vit D, taken early in the illness will help cut it down to size.

It works, it's cheap, make it available!

Unfortunately science has already proved it is not useful at all, even the first researcher that pushed for its use to the point of manipulating data from his studies and lied to make it seem effective, has retracted those conclusions and accepted that with proper analysis of his own studies HCQ do not improve at all the chances of treated patients. No matter with what you pair it, people complicate and die as easily as if you gave nothing.

The false pandemic continues.

People accusing it of being fake never bring proof of this, which obviously indicate which side is fake.

I agree with everything you wrote, except that vit D must be taken ahead of time; it takes days for your body to convert it to the final active compound.

If you believe yourself even the segment of the population that has lowest levels of vitamin D are protected from complications and that is why not so many patients in Japan die compared with Europe (even when they have levels below what Europe considers adequate).

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 I had Pfizer and supposed to be good for UK and S African virants too

I could easily sell you a used car.

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@Virusrex,

Raoult's study showed very clearly that HCQ had a strong effect on viral load.

He later accepted that that early study did not show any effect on survival (because of the very small patient numbers). This does not mean he falsified anything or that he now believes HCQ. For you to continue characterizing that issue in that manner is ...

If you believe yourself even the segment of the population that has lowest levels of vitamin D are protected from complications and that is why not so many patients in Japan die compared with Europe (even when they have levels below what Europe considers adequate).

Vit D insufficiency is much more common in Italian elders than Japanese elders. I never said that all Japanese have sufficient vit D. I explained this many times, so I am confused as to why someone that always claims to understand the scientific consensus can have such trouble with logic...

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No real vaccine program, the virus will spread. Japan is now a corona Hive and the govt. covers it up.

While the leading countries are approaching 50% full vaccinations and opening up, Japan seems to look to isolate itself from the rest of the world. Japan has built a covid wall and a corona incubation farm.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

I could easily sell you a used car.

As long as you had enough evidence of the quality of the car as there is of the efficacy of the vaccines.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/covid-19-pfizer-shot-appears-to-protect-against-uk-variant

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2021-02-18/pfizer-coronavirus-vaccine-protects-against-uk-south-africa-variants-study-shows

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/pfizer-says-trials-suggest-covid-vaccine-works-against-south-african-n1262710

Raoult's study showed very clearly that HCQ had a strong effect on viral load.

No, it showed an effect, but since it was not reflected in the actual primary objectives of the research (increase on the chances of recovery) it can be safely discarded as noise. It is not believable that only viral load can be decreased while the patients go to the ICU and die as easily. That would be like proving a new style of seatbelt makes people lose less of blood in accidents but die as easily as people without wearing any seatbelt.

And no, he used no such excuse as the small number of patients (he accepted the reanalysis as adequate and valid), if HCQ had any advantage the number of patients is enough to show at least some marginal effect. The most important thing of course is that he recognized that his study was so badly done that it showed an effect that was not there in the first place and this complicate his situation for the ethical accusations he is facing, at this point he can only argue he actively manipulated the study or else that he was criminally inept and unable to conduct properly a human clinical trial.

Vit D insufficiency is much more common in Italian elders than Japanese elders. I never said that all Japanese have sufficient vit D.

No, it is only more common if you take in account the difference in what "normal" is, You argued that Japanese have not the important number of deaths as in Europe because their levels of vitamin D were enough to be protective. You have never retracted this explanation of yours. Since japanese elders have much lower levels than the rest of the population, and those levels are below of the terribly low standards in Japan, that can only mean that according to you those levels are enough to protect them.

You cannot say they are too low but also protective, that would mean you are contradicting yourself. I have no problem with logic, you defending opposite conclusions from the same data are.

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Japan is a highly analytical thinking society and therefore numbers and tallying are very important to them.

My having lived and worked in Japan for almost 20 years of my life and, at one point, totally immersing myself into their culture and society to the point of relinquishing my own values and ways of thinking of my home country, allows me to understand their way of thinking.

Japanese feel a need to meticulously and methodically record everything and this accounts for their daily reporting of COVID cases increasing or decreasing.

When you think about it, it makes you wonder if the numbers mean anything at all and why is it so important for the public to know about this.

It would be better they focus their attention on the number of deaths caused by COVID, let's say on a monthly basis, and further strategize how to the lower the case count by implementing stricter methods of enforcement.

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David Shawn Kanda

Japan is a highly analytical thinking society and therefore numbers and tallying are very important to them.

I have more anecdotal experience that says the opposite. Being indecisive is not synonymous with highly analytical.

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Numan,

There may be many individuals who provide your contrary anecdotal evidence, but surely David Shawn Kanda is right that the administrative layer, the bureaucrats and the scientists fastidiously record data, creating the overall highly analytical thinking society that David identified.

It may be, however, that the speed of processing the data and taking action is behind the curve of rescuing the citizenry from infection ... time will tell. Perhaps this is your meaning about "indecisiveness".

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Coronavirus cases rising in 42 of Japan's 47 prefectures

Looking at the photograph, it is not difficult to see why.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

I wonder why Japanese do not understand about this dangers???.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

I wonder why Japanese do not understand about this dangers???.

Because the population is drip fed information that only the government want the population to hear.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

We all know the numbers will increase since nothing has changed since last year (no vaccine roll out) and people are getting careless/impatient with holding their life on pause now.

The government numbers are not at all accurate either.

My entire household got COVID. We called the local ward number, they asked some questions, then said its not COVID and hung up. We then went to the local hospital and got turned away since it is in a different ward (even though very close to us). They told us to call the COVID hotline which already was useless. Eventually got tested at one of the public PCR testing places at our own expense where they email you the results the next day - all were positive. These numbers are not tracked in the government count and the place we went to was able to test 5 people every 10 minute time slot. Of course not everyone who is tested is going to be positive, but that is heaps of tests that are not included in the governments counts.

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David Shawn Kanda

Japan is a highly analytical thinking society and therefore numbers and tallying are very important to them.

Japanese feel a need to meticulously and methodically record everything and this accounts for their daily reporting of COVID cases increasing or decreasing.

Meaning also meticulously and methodically sticking on to guidelines; if something doesn't exactly match a certain scenario, or all the "necessary" boxes mentioned in the guidelines are not ticked, it's ignored. Like with covid - guidelines say e.g. "over 3 days of over 38c fever" - a patient calls the covid hotline saying they've had 3 days of 37,9c fever - he's rejected as a possible covid case since his fever wasn't exactly over 38c for three days.

Sticking to exact numbers and being overly meticulous and methodical also means there's no flexibility or independent thinking.

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Mr Kipling

Vinke...... Covid-19 is a cat.2 infectious disease in Japan. The link is to the National Institute of Infectious diseases. Scroll down to Table 1 on pg 6.

https://www.niid.go.jp/niid/images/epi/nesid/nesid_en.pdf

The paper you linked to was published in 2018 - I knew of that classification. However, áfter that, in 2020 and 2021, there have been numerous news articles stating how private covid-19 test centers do not have an obligation to report their cases. There is a clause that goes with the category II diseases that says "doctors are obligated to report positive cases", but in the private centers, you don't really interact with doctors, so.... Instead, in case a customer is found to be positive, they are given instructions what to do; the customers/patients are advised contact a health center by themselves. I can imagine quite a few people rather not, but rather gaman by themselves at home, or even worse, keep on going to work etc. because "I feel fine enough" / "I don't want to cause burden on others by staying home" / "I don't want others to know I have corona, it's so shameful".

In addition, private testing centers do not accept patients with symptoms. If you are symptomatic, you'd need to get tested at the health center, but with the public health centers being so incredibly strict with who they accept/classify as potential covid cases, it means there are plenty of people who are sick, but can't get tested. Convenient, huh.

Also, there was this debate last year:

"The health ministry will consider reviewing its tentative classification of COVID-19, made under the infectious disease law, it was learned Wednesday.

COVID-19 is currently classified under Category II Infectious Diseases, the second highest on the five-notch scale on the level of danger of designated infectious diseases. The ministry is expected to consider lowering the classification for the coronavirus disease, informed sources said."

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/08/26/national/science-health/japan-coronavirus-classification/

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Vinke..... these "private centers" have to have a doctor on board to get licensed. They have a statutory duty to report. Whether they do or not is anyone's guess. But they are required to do so.

It was given it high category so that if needed, there were powers in place to hospitalize people against their will! A little overkill maybe but a lowering may be seen by some as a message that it isn't as serious as before.

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I hope the J-gov't gets their act together soon. One of my good friends regularly presents to PMDA (Basically Japan's FDA). He's not surprised things are going very slow. They have a lot more red tape compared to European and North American regulators in their opinion. This is often made worse by the fact you usually have to retain the services of a Japanese partner company to lead the efforts. Any of you who have worked white collar jobs at traditional companies can connect the dots on how that goes.

Be that as it may, so many silly posts. Get a vaccine when available, wear a mask until we're ALL through this. Stop fussing about weird conspiracy theories. This doesn't have to be a difficult thing.

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