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We suspect that infections first spread among people in their 20s and 30s at Christmas and other year-end and New Year events, were transmitted to children at home, and then spread among children since the start of the new school year.

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Kansai University Prof Toshio Takatorige, who specializes in public health. Particularly notable amid the current spread of the Omicron variant is the rapid rise in infections among children aged under 10, and the spread among family members. Although 90% of infected children are asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms, municipalities and experts are concerned about the increased risk of serious illness if the virus spreads to elderly people.

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Its not rocket science, Covid 19 needs a host to survive, it is all about access and opportunity. If you provide access then the virus has the opportunity. I hope none of those young people are severely affected in the short and long term.

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and then spread among children since the start of the new school year.

well if they really think that's how it spread, why not close down the schools and make sure everyone studies from home?

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The school infections seem to be spreading through club activities, for example, the basketball club or volleyball club has a cluster, not so much in the homeroom. Maybe they should give unmasked close contact sports activities a rest for a while?

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We suspect that infections first spread among people in their 20s and 30s at Christmas and other year-end and New Year events, were transmitted to children at home, and then spread among children since the start of the new school year.

in other words, there is no scientific reason to keep the borders closed.

got it

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We suspect that infections first spread among people in their 20s and 30s at Christmas and other year-end and New Year events, were transmitted to children at home, and then spread among children since the start of the new school year.

Give this guy tenureship. He's on to something. If we wait another couple of years we might have a plan.

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ok and so what?

just check what happened in South Africa or UK recently...Japan is following same path...many cases/mostly mild ones/ and very few deaths/some 8 yesterday nationwide?/.

there is absolutely no need for panic as this wave will be over in two three weeks from now.

stay safe everyone.

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No need to be a professor at some university to realize this.

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Agree with the sentiments from above. How is it these guys come up with such obvious facts and statements that pretty much anyone could instinctively already know, then actually think they are making a statement on something? Japan; stating the obvious while saying absolutely nothing since, well forever,

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ok and so what?

So this means measures can be put to decrease the spreading and avoid unnecessary hospitalization or even deaths. Nobody is saying that people should panic, just that a very likely mechanism of spreading is there that can be tackled. If anything precisely because the spreading can be explained is why there is no need to panic.

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The timing of this announcement is interesting. Are they trying to come up with an excuse to vax the kids?

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Kansai University Prof Toshio Takatorige, who specializes in public health.

I think an expert in public health doesn't need to blame any particular age group.

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In the words of Homer Simpson: "DUH".

Everyone knew cases would spike after the New Year's holidays what with people crossing prefectural borders and such. It was inevitable.

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