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Influenza wave significantly wanes in Japan

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By Tomoyuki Tachikawa

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So the lining in the silver cloud this year is fewer cases of the yearly influenza outbreak! That is good news!

However it would be nice to see people take these precautions EVERY year, and not just when a new one pops up!

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It just shows how ineffective their flu prevention methods have been in previous years. I'm quite sure it will jump back up again next year though.

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I have started to notice more oyaji running their hands under the cold water taps at the station,don't think it helps much though,TBH.

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Wearing masks has surely had an impact then?

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3400 people died in Japan last year from influenza. I don’t remember the Corona style panic. Do you?

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Must say hygiene practices repeated daily is still the best preventative measure. However there is no hot water in many locations throughout Japan to properly wash hands. Besides I have seen many who do not wash hands even after using the toilet and just walk on pass the wash area. Blasting is still heavy and common out there, don't care if in produce or food areas, spitting phlem on ground, snorting nose phlem or wiping them on seats still occurring. Little kids blasting away while parents do not teach proper etiquette or manners to cover up. So even a scare has done little to curb bad manners. Guess have to start at the early onset and a lot more years to go. Oh and I did see many with the masks only to take them off, blast away then put it back on.

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So the lining in the silver cloud this year is fewer cases of the yearly influenza outbreak! That is good news!

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However it would be nice to see people take these precautions EVERY year, and not just when a new one pops up!

well said!

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I easily noticed more and more people try to wear mask, wash hands all the time, and try not go to crowd, try not to shake hands,,,,, That's why influenza does not spread out.

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Is more about spending. People are now currently willing to spend more money to buy things to prevent them from getting sick. But after the virus chaos calm down, everyone would return to their daily life again. Living a life of clean hygiene also means a higher quality than of life. Is pretty expensive. Would you normally buy mask if there nothing wrong with you? Clean you hand every hour with hand sanitizers? I don’t think so. Right now people willing to dip into their savings to protect themselves from a deadly virus.

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Blasting = manners of a hog. May it stop in crowded areas, especially.

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Wearing masks has surely had an impact then?

Wearing a mask does actually help you, not from filtering the virus, but by preventing your from casually touching your face with your hands.

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t by preventing your from casually touching your face with your hands.

According to my experience, no one touches their face more than certain people wearing masks.

oyaji running their hands under the cold water taps at the station,don't think it helps much though,TBH.

Cold and flu viruses thrive in the drier air of winter. Gargling has been shown to be effective in prevention of getting cold or flu. Does it not stand to reason that you get a dry throat from them because they prefer theless wet environment they can create there? I think a case can be made for wet hands against cold and flu viruses. I am not sure exactly what happens to them in excess water but it does not seem to be good for them at all. I will also remind you that tap water contains chlorine.

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I will also remind you that tap water contains chlorine.

Chlorine kills bacteria. I have never had any problem though I've been drinking for many years. Even if washing hands a lot seems no problem. If you have an allergy of chlorine, maybe better not. If you go to restaurants, cooks use a lot of tap water for cooking anyway.

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Try a humidifier when you sleep. I started using one last year because I heard it helps with hay fever because the pollen attaches to water in the air and sinks and you have less problem while sleeping, and it keeps your mucus membranes from drying out so they are stronger against colds. Seems to be working for me.

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Seems to be working for me.

Yes, me too. I found a humidifier with a fairly large tank, so I only have to refill it once very 4 or 5 days. They are getting better all the time.

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@ rgcivilian1 & beentofivecontinents

What, pray tell, is "blasting"?

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Oh and I did see many with the masks only to take them off, blast away then put it back on.

Of course! Why would you want to sit there with your own blast trapped against your face?

What, pray tell, is "blasting"?

Sneezing or coughing into the air/people around you without practicing proper hygiene etiquette by covering your mouth in the crook of your elbow or against your upper arm or expectorating inside your shirt if you are wearing short sleeves. (Not usually a problem in winter.)

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I have 2 people , male in my office that have influenza for 5 months and these 2 belive that confining themselves to a small room of high tempreture is safe for the rest of the people.

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People terrified of being mistaken for having coronavirus

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