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Who thinks we can hold the Olympics next year?

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I think lots of good hand washing, excellent social-distancing, wearing of masks and bowing which are rigidly followed here, will be enough to make the Olympics happen next year. Maybe even later this year. Yeah.

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Told ya it would happen -- but they are SO money-hungry to get these games going (and don't tell me it's for any other reason) that it doesn't matter the cost. Now, here's what needs to happen as a result of one player testing positive. The rest, and all coaches and staff, must now quarantine for two weeks, not play, not go back to families, or anything else. Since it's Japan, though, they'll likely let players go home as they hum and haw over how to get them back in a few days for a new practice game while playing down any infection. Then two more will crop up, and they'll rinse and repeat until when enough family and loved ones have been infected they'll have to admit it was a rush back and now they have to cancel completely (of course, we'll never know because one step they'll take is likely to stop publishing the results of tests, or just not test at all). Someone asked me today if they thought the Olympics could go on next year and I said absolutely not, for a number of reasons, first and foremost with this example being proof.

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I think lots of good hand washing, excellent social-distancing, wearing of masks and bowing which are rigidly followed here, will be enough to make the Olympics happen next year. Maybe even later this year

Hahaha hahaha

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Healthy young people who will be fine in two weeks.

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Mocheake

lots of good hand washing...

smithinjapan

...rinse and repeat

That's...the way to do it!

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So they compulsorily test some baseball players and lo and behold, they find some positives. Now if they only extrapolated this throughout the general population, or even just made it simple for get tested. Me thinks this shows that the coronavirus is much more prevalent than they are saying.

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If you ever want to find an easy way to get a PCR test, join the NPB.

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Healthy young people who will be fine in two weeks.

They can be fine, but they have to isolate themselves away from everyone, and everybody whom they've interacted with has to be regularly monitored and tested

The last thing they'd want is for the team to become infected, especially when the season is ongoing. If that happens, the whole team has to isolate themselves, while in the meantime they'd have to call up a new team from the minors as the season won't pause for them

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carpslidy are you a doctor?

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@doggar

The player Sakamoto is mid 20's in peak health and with no underlying health issues. It doesn't take a doctor to know he will recover.

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Here is what gets my goat that the whole team and all the coaches will be tested in the next 2 days...hmmm...what so wrong with that. NOthing! What is wrong is that when my Japanese doctor friend sends their patients for testing there is no guarantee that this persons' patients with pneumonia type systems will be accepted or not. And here is another thing, they are going to test players and coaches who have no fevers for 3 or 4 straight days, whatever, the governments new rule is for testing.

If one goes on COVID-19 Japan you see the testing that has been done is just over the 298, 000 mark since this virus has begun, and my native country which has a much smaller population and larger land mass has done over 1 million 800, 000 thousand tests.

So the regular folks the best of luck in getting testing and the famous and rich no worries at all.

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An update report says that the two players had contracted the virus a while ago, already getting through in recovery phase, with a type of antibody (IgG). Risk of further transmission from them is minimal.

巨人 専門家の見解「感染させるリスクは高くないと推察」坂本と大城の陽性判定は微量

https://news.livedoor.com/article/detail/18360613/

Teams must have backup players and high-end treatment staff. I don't think the latest cases will largely disrupt the entire season schedule.

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Sorry my native country is Canada

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Also, Canada's numbers are greater with that smaller population and larger land mass and so believing the numbers here is impossible.

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@Tora, yep ! it is a good obvservation, i reckon the antibody test will return similar results. I really do hope so your assumption is true.

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So they compulsorily test some baseball players and lo and behold, they find some positives. Now if they only extrapolated this throughout the general population, or even just made it simple for get tested. Me thinks this shows that the coronavirus is much more prevalent than they are saying.

exactly... i usually say that for each celebrity / sports figure / famous person infected, there are 999 normal folks out there carrying this virus...

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How are these teams testing all their players when normal citizens in Japan cannot get a PCR test? Call the hotline mentioning you have symptoms and you are told to stay home as testing is not available. That is unless you have the ability to hit a curve ball, in which case you are treated special.

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Wow, for those who don’t know, Sakamoto is one if the biggest stars in NPB, he was the MVP last year and was on track to reach 2000 career hits this season.

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@peter lackner

How are these teams testing all their players when normal citizens in Japan cannot get a PCR test

Because each game generates 200~400 million yen.

They are the elite in their field.

And nobody pays to see you work.

Is it fair no, is it different anywhere in the world no.

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I think lots of good hand washing, excellent social-distancing, wearing of masks and bowing which are rigidly followed here, will be enough to make the Olympics happen next year. Maybe even later this year. Yeah.

Lol! Once again the folks here fail to "read between the lines" and see a great sarcastic and spot on comment!

I was thinking that Abe should walk back his comments about postponing them and have the Olympics next month as scheduled! The world's first Olympics where only the host country came!

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Mr. Monty, I am not doctor and I go on facts because deserve to hear real facts and form their own opinions.

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According to the team, the polymerase chain reaction tests taken by Sakamoto and Oshiro both showed only traces of the coronavirus

The writer of this article doesn't know the difference between antibody test and pcr test. How on earth can pcr test show only traces of the coronavirus.?

Pcr test is either positive or negative and cannot show the amount of the virus in the system.

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because people deserve to hear facts

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Healthy young people who will be fine in two weeks.

yeah becasue the elderly are expendable

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@wtfjapan

yeah becasue the elderly are expendable

No, because he plays with other young people, lives with a young family and I image socializes with young people so his chances of passing on his trace amounts to an elderly person are very low.

If you get the flu do you contact every elderly person you know to apologize you may have given them what for them may be a deadly virus?

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Ashley Shiba: "Also, Canada's numbers are greater with that smaller population and larger land mass and so believing the numbers here is impossible."

Especially when there's basically zero testing of the general population.

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See what happens when you test people!? Japan needs to increase testing!

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It seems that with the low numbers of positives reported in the general population due to successful safety practices and social distancing, it should be easy to regularly test and isolate positives from the team personnel. More worrisome is the untested stadium crowds (even if sparse) that will eventually fill the seats.

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In a country that does not value life while giving a higly variable price on person depending on one's social role, I am not surprised. A worker is expendable, a king or queen is not.

In my country, we have had revolution for that matter some 231 years ago.

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doggarJune 3  07:44 pm JST carpslidy are you a doctor?

Doesn't need to be. Age and health related mortality are fairly universal with CoVid. There have been undoubtedly hundreds of millions of people worldwide who have encountered the virus and either did not become ill or became only mildly ill. So, yes, young athletes have only a minimal chance of being affected by the virus.

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Healthy young people who will be fine in two weeks.

Perhaps, but they can infect others who may not be "healthy young people".

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