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Abe calls for vigilance, steps against spread of new coronavirus

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No crap! Japan is right next to China, one of the more popular destinations, and until today, not a damn peep out of the government's mouth about how they plan to control the spread here!

I guess Abe waited until the rest of the world decided what to do or he was waiting for an outbreak here!

THESE kinds of problems are really getting me ticked off about Abe and his do nothing cabinet! We down here are literally on the front line of this with so many damn tourists arriving from China every year!

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Uh, oh! Who remembers the panic buying of paper masks when the SARS virus kicked off a decade or so ago? Those people probably still have stock of them. Just wash your hands and keep your fingers out of your nose and eyes. for a country that prides itself on being clean and modern the personal hygiene of many people is disgusting! So many adults picking their noses on the trains and just dropping their boogers to the floor, Coughing all over anybody in the general vicinity, not washing their hands on leaving a toilet, the list goes on.

Oh, and by the way, paper masks do absolutely nothing to stop the spread of viruses unless they are a 12 ply surgical mask that is changed every 20 minutes. In fact those paper (dust) masks create the perfect environment for a virus to live with lots of fresh air, moisture and warmth. People keep touching the mask as they move it up and down, transfer the virus to the mask wear it is happy, touch the mask again picking up the virus and transfer it to their eyes, which is where viruses get into the body. Human saliva is antibacterial and kills most viruses. The hairs in the noise catch bacteria and kill them with warm exhaled air. The vast majority of viruses are spread by contact not through the air. The only way to effectively avoid infection by viruses is to wash your hands with soap regularly (8-10 times a day) and keep your fingers out of your eyes.

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Again an urge! Shouldn't it be standard procedure. Arrivals vomiting puss, coughing up major organs sumimasennnnnn, over here please. Not rocket science.

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Yubaru: "I guess Abe waited until the rest of the world decided what to do or he was waiting for an outbreak here!"

Hasn't there already been one confirmed case in Japan? Given how influenza is epidemic levels every single year here, if this new virus hits full swing Japan will be the world's hot spot for it over night. You're right that the government here was been sitting on its hands with this, as they do for most problems until it's too late, but we also know that Japan gets heaps and heaps of money from China through tourism, and with the Lunar New Year going to be peak tourist season, there's not much more concrete they can do if they want to bring home the bacon. Probably once the Lunar New Year tourist boom is over you'll here them putting stricter measures on flights coming in from China. In the meantime, I expect "Anti-corona virus and minus ion masks" to be on shelves soon.

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"We will ask passengers flying from Wuhan to answer questionnaires about their health condition,"

This doesn't make me feel even remotely at ease.

Deadly virus which can spread from human to human?

Japan: "Don't worry! We've got a form for people coming from the epicenter of the outbreak to fill out!"

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Why not put up a travel ban for people to travel to or from Wuhan,

until the trouble subsides?

Better safe than sorry.

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With the upcoming Lunar New Year, literally HUNDREDS of millions of Chinese are going to be travelling all around their country and the world! This has the potential to be a pandemic if countries that are accepting travelers do not take proper precautions!

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No one leaves china until this thing is isolated and contained.

Anyone who does make it out of china gets to stay in quarantine for the incubation perdiod of this virus, whether that be 1 week or 3 months.

Traveling with a communicable disease/virus should be punishable with confinement.

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"Although we are not in a situation in which continuous human-to-human transmission has been confirmed, the number of patients has been rising in China. We need to be more vigilant," Abe said during the meeting.

It must be the mosquitoes then....

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Wearing a sick mask won't protect you. The virus can easily enter your eyes. Stay away from ALL Japanese people who are sniffling and coughing. They WILL sneeze and cough without covering their mouth. Just a couple days ago in a train station in Tokyo, a Japanese guy, wearing a sick mask and sniffling, lifted his mask and blasted a sneeze out in front of himself in a corridor many people had to walk through. Now I am working at home with a cold.

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smoke screen! "please forget about my staff taking bribes and not even saying sorry"

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I understand the Corona virus is basically just the common cold. So what is all this brouhaha about?

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The common cold doesn’t kill people-this does!!!!

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A lot of negative comments, I think.

Abe is right, just being vigilant is the right thing to do. No need to panic.

China has nearly 1.4 billion people. Only a few hundred infected, and the 4 death reported were in patients with other medical issues. The flu does kill many more people, they are simply not reported.

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"We will ask passengers flying from Wuhan to answer questionnaires about their health condition,"

Which will be as effective as the notices requesting asking anyone with signs of sickness to report to the quarantine area upon arrival at the airports in Japan. Obviously the Japanese national who had flu symptoms in China and carried the virus here did that didn't he!

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I understand the Corona virus is basically just the common cold. So what is all this brouhaha about?

It is in the same family as cold virus, but because the virus's DNA is slightly different, the Wuhan virus is much more dangerous

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Obviously the Japanese national who had flu symptoms in China and carried the virus here did that didn't he!

He was not Japanese.! He was a Chinese national living in Japan.

From Kyodo

The man has since been released from the hospital after his condition improved. He was only identified as a man in his 30s in Kanagawa prefecture, west of Tokyo, and Kyodo News agency said he is Chinese. His family and medical staff who treated him have not been sickened.

https://federalnewsnetwork.com/government-news/2020/01/patient-in-japan-confirmed-as-having-new-virus-from-china/

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It would help if some people here would stop spreading false information like Hong Kong has 90 confirmed cases.

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I believe ALL tourists coming to Japan from ALL airports in China should undergo mandatory medical check-ups upon entry to Japan until we know what is happening with the virus. Because the virus has now started spreading around Beijing.

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This a very serious topic. Here is the correct information:

First, a 2008 study published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases concluded that when used correctly, masks are highly effective in preventing the spread of viral infections. Family members of children with flu-like illnesses who used the masks properly were 80 percent less likely to be diagnosed with the illness. Surprisingly, the difference between types of masks used was insignificant.

https://www.healthline.com/health/cold-flu/mask#1

Another study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reported similar results. Researchers looked at 400 people who had the flu. They found that family members reduced their risk of getting the flu by 70 percent when they washed their hands often and wore surgical masks.

https://www.healthline.com/health/cold-flu/mask#1

Yes, a surgical mask can help prevent the flu,” Sherif Mossad, MD, an infectious disease specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, tells ****Health. “Flu is carried in air droplets, so a mask would mechanically prevent the flu virus from reaching other people.”

https://www.health.com/condition/cold-flu-sinus/surgical-mask-flu-prevention

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I'd prefer he mention to sneeze into your elbow not about urges

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I understand the Corona virus is basically just the common cold. So what is all this brouhaha about?

The potential to be something like SARS - though for now, it looks like it probably isn't - which was caused by a coronavirus, had nothing to do with the common cold, was dangerously infectious, and had a high mortality rate.

SARS was contained, eventually, but some of the infected were so-called super spreaders who passed a particularly virulent form along to multiple people, hence the high death rate in some clusters, and the spread of the disease from a single patient to multiple countries.

To get the epidemic under control it took some strict quarantine procedures, including the evacuation of the (approx. 10,000) residents of an entire Hong Kong housing estate to an isolated area for two weeks, and treatment with drugs that have had long-term debilitating effects for some patients (bone and lung problems, among other things). The epidemic also infected and killed health workers, including the Italian WHO physician who - no thanks to China - first got the news out to the world that what he saw in Hanoi had to be a new and dangerous disease.

It doesn't take much to put health services under severe strain, and a new disease can do it easily. That's what happened in Hong Kong and other locations where SARS was spreading for a couple of months: the combination of many very ill patients, physicians and nurses falling ill or suspected of showing symptoms, the sudden need for large quantities of disposable protective gear, and the implementation of rigorous anti-infection measures, can bring things to crisis point very fast.

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One case in San Francisco, by a visitor to China

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sumikonagoya - Family members of children with flu-like illnesses who used the masks properly were 80 percent less likely to be diagnosed

The key word in this statement is, 'properly'. Properly means changing them regularly and not touching them. I've seen high school students wear the same mask for a week or more.

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I've seen high school students wear the same mask for a week or more.

That's a bit like wearing the same knickers for a week.

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Wear a face mask.  Wash hands.  no kissing strangers.  All the usual nonsense.

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