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Many people seem to be tired of staying home, or feel more at ease due to their perception that vaccinations are progressing.

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International University of Health and Welfare Prof Koji Wada, an expert on infection control measures, suggesting why people continue to travel despite the latest state of emergency in Tokyo.

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The actions of the government have a lot to do with this, promoting a celebratory international mega event in a city with a SoE makes people think that everything is under control and there is no real risk, after all it would be insane to do this if there was any danger.

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Many people seem to be tired of staying home, 

Not me. I actually have to go to work. I would love to stay home more. I'd give anything to be able to work from home.

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I think most ppl have opened their eyes to the hard fact that we're just going to have to live with it the same way we do with the common cold or flu.

All these people cowering in their homes terrified to meet people or only certain people they deem safe is ridiculous. The irony is the chances they've likely already got it are high.

Get vaccinated, do your part with mask rules and etiquette but don't stop living your life.

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 I actually have to go to work. I would love to stay home more.

Yeah, go to office, have to do some overtime, by the time you come out, all restaurants are closed. It's so frustrating.

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Working from home..Sensible. But I've still got NO idea why anybody would actually want to do it.

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promoting a celebratory international mega event in a city

...and get supported by some of the so called experts.

Last week Dr. Fauci said, he didn't has any concerns that Jill Biden goes to Tokyo for the Olympics...

...Yesterday's expert didn't see a great risk with the Olympics...

...and so on....

People see and hear that, so...they listen to these experts.

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after all it would be insane to do this if there was any danger.

Not ‘would’…it is just really insane and there are dangers.

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In Japan anyways, people never really stopped traveling or going out. The government actively encouraged it with GoTo travel.

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dear mr "smart" people are not robots and sure they need to relax and /what a "surprise" for you/also travel...

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Right and wrong, vaccination is not a preventive measure for infection rather that to minimize hospitalization or death in all ages now with the Delta Variant around us. Government lack of actions to inform the population of exposure risks and how vaccines work slow down the pandemia end even more. Asking people to close restaurants over accelerating vaccine shots go against. Japan has resources and financial strength to control it but due to incompetency on politicians the light in the tunnel is far far to be seen.

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and get supported by some of the so called experts

That is still as wrong as when you wrote it the first time, saying something else is even more dangerous do not mean the first thing is now benign, at least for people with common sense and that can follow logic.

Last week Dr. Fauci said, he didn't has any concerns that Jill Biden goes to Tokyo for the Olympics

Of course, because his responsibility is to protect her, not the population of Tokyo or Japan, Jill Biden can be protected of risk with a lot of measures, that benefit in nothing the rest of the people that will be exposed. He was very clear, he has no concern about the first lady, he never said anything about Tokyo or Japan in general.

Yesterday's expert didn't see a great risk with the Olympics

Again, yes they did, as surely as you could not even argue against the argument that proved it so. The experts are very worried about the event, not only because athletes and staff represent a huge risk, but because the message to the population in Japan can make them become an even greater risk, specially with such poor vaccination rates.

Or to be more simple so you can avoid making the same mistake tomorrow again.

Experts are against the games for two main reasons, the relatively controlled risk of athletes introducing virus and the completely uncontrolled risk of the population spreading what is already in the country thanks to the excuse the games provide.

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@Virusrex

An expert should NOT say that he has no concern that a person visit the Olympics.

An expert should NOT say that the Olympics is at a lower risk than people are traveling during summer vacation.

A "good" health expert should do a proper and clear stand AGAINST the Olympics.

And a "good" health expert should not only think about just one person, he should think about the complete situation he sends this person in.

And to call someone an expert, this person needs a long years experience and studies about the topic he calls himself an expert.

How can you call someone an expert for a thing that is brand new in this world?

Nobody has any experience with this Virus.

But always when a new "thing" appears in the world, hundreds of self nominated experts appears and bring their "opinions" to the public.

It is up to everyone, how serious to take these opinions.

Today one poster said a good thing to one of your posts.

When the British variant appeared, many expert screamed, "Ah, very very dangerous"...and then later on, they were proved wrong.

But I can not blame then, because nobody had any experience with the British variant.

But let me clear one point:

I am not against all experts.

I just don't like people who called themselves and nominate themselves as an expert without any experience on the field they called themselves as an expert.

And for the COVID 19-fields, there can not be any experts, because it is brand new.

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An expert should NOT say that he has no concern that a person visit the Olympics.

Why not? the person under his charge can be protected without any realistic problem, and kept healthy for all realistic possibilities. The question was very specific, so the answer is also specific. You wanting him to respond about something nobody asked is irrational and unjustified.

A "good" health expert should do a proper and clear stand AGAINST the Olympics.

Your arbitrary parameters of what is good or not are irrelevant. This expert has not the wellbeing of the world or Japan under his responsibility, of course it would be better but it is not realistic to expect an American official to go against the interests of his country, it would be as him saying that people on the US should not be vaccinated until the same amount of people in the developing world are, it would be nice to do it, but that is not why he is in that job and thinking he would put people of other nationalities above those that he is in charge of makes no sense.

How can you call someone an expert for a thing that is brand new in this world?

Infections, pandemics, epidemiology are not "brand new", in science all new knowledge is based on previously available information. Your illogical argument would make nobody an expert, how would anybody be called an expert in cancer (to say one example) if he is seeing "brand new" cases in every patient?

But always when a new "thing" appears in the world, hundreds of self nominated experts appears and bring their "opinions" to the public.

The experts that you should listen are not "self nominated" but recognized by the scientific community in general because of discoveries, work done, demonstrated expertise on scientific discussions, etc. The opinions have value not because of who they are but because they know how to substantiate it with valid evidence, you don't liking their conclusions is irrelevant, they can demonstrate their expertise without problem.

When the British variant appeared, many expert screamed, "Ah, very very dangerous"...and then later on, they were proved wrong.

Imaginary situations are a terrible argument, scientist present information, and make scientific conclusions about it, if a new strain appears to be more infective that is what should be told, so if the evidence says it causes more complications, or evades in greater measure the previous immunity.

How about you bring a quote from the experts? let's see what they actually said and what information they used to do it.

I am not against all experts.

No, you are just against those that say something that you don't like, which is called having double standards. Specially bad when they say one thing and you misunderstand it as something completely different.

And for the COVID 19-fields, there can not be any experts, because it is brand new.

Again, false. The knowledge about COVID comes from many well developed fields with many recognized experts, their expertise do not simply disappears then their field apply to COVID.

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Sorry Monty, Virus X for the win on this one. I am an expert at picking winners.

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