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Posted in: Japan records 503 coronavirus infections on Wednesday; biggest daily jump since start of pandemic See in context

Thousand positive cases on a population of 12 millions is nothing. Emergency is when 1000 start dying everyday!

Look at the rate of increase.

A week ago there were just under two thousand active cases in Japan. Today there are over 4,000 (around a thousand either recovered or died)

Use mathematics to double the numbers every week and before long you have a crisis.

You need to act before you get to the stage of a thousand dying every day, not leave it until you do. To get to those numbers dying you would need a vast number infected - that's 30,000 a month.

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Posted in: Japan records 503 coronavirus infections on Wednesday; biggest daily jump since start of pandemic See in context

Ok, and how many have recovered?

100, 500, 1000?

New infections MINUS recovered cases would give us a clear picture of whether it's spreading or not.

Given how quickly the numbers have risen over the past could of weeks, I think we can be pretty comfortable in concluding that it is spreading.

We know that coronavirus has an R0 greater than 2, so it is clearly going to spread. Given your keen interest in COVID-19, I'm a little surprised that you didn't know this.

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Posted in: Go easy on the sake when stuck at home, Japanese brewer cautions See in context

Binge drinking (four or more units in 2-3 hours) is thought to disrupt your immune system, so now is a good time to practice moderation.

You can define binge drinking as you want, but four units in three hours is not a binge. That's not even half a bottle of wine, which is easily consumed by two over a meal.

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Posted in: Trains run as usual, some retailers shorten hours during state of emergency See in context

Parks aren’t closed in England, nor the rest of the U.K. Two in London were closed on Saturday due to too many people not following the rules, but they opened again the next day. Please fact check before posting false information.

This is partially true. Most parks have not been closed, but some areas have closed parks. The Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in London closed all of its parks, for instance.

https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/articles/news/2020/03/parks-and-playgrounds-hf-are-closed-due-coronavirus

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Posted in: Russia flatly denies U.S. allegation of World Cup bid bribes See in context

If the South African bid was corrupt, and the heads of FIFA also corrupt, I think it is safe to conclude that the Russia bid was also corrupt.

The decision to award 2022 to Qatar was so obviously corrupt that it barely needs consideration.

And Russia has demonstrated that when it comes to sport, it is happy with systemic corruption - hence its temporary suspension from the Olympics.

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Posted in: Trains run as usual, some retailers shorten hours during state of emergency See in context

This Social Distancing and Lockdowns will probably work. We should implement this every winter when infectious diseases peak to save lives.

Sometimes sarcasm doesn't come across well on internet comments sections, but in this case, it is quite successful.

Chip Star, I’m not “downplaying” anything. I’m pointing out that a new method has been found to save lives and we need to save lives every winter from infectious diseases.

Given that you have downplayed this disease since it began, I will not take your suggestion that we do this every winter seriously.

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Posted in: Trump removes head of coronavirus watchdog; widens attack on inspectors general See in context

He messed everything up and now blaming everyone but himself. The WHO is also in his firing line - attacked at his most recent press conference.

If he could just concentrate on the job in-hand, he might bring this to an end sooner.

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Posted in: 'Escape from Tokyo' hot topic ahead of state of emergency See in context

Those fleeing will contain infectious individuals. They will spread it in trains and expressway service centres and gas stations. People who don't have it when they flee may themselves become infected during the journey.

People fleeing pandemics has historically been an important part of how the diseases have spread.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 83 new coronavirus infections Monday; down 60 from Sunday See in context

I agree with Oldman, there are many naysayers here commenting how bad Japan and it's people are. For me it's a great news and I hope the number will go down so we can leave this madness behind.

Satedeya - and when the numbers rise tomorrow, how your react?

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Posted in: Abe to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

I hope I can still go to work as normal. I need to work to earn money to cover my mortgage and other expenses. I would rather suffer through flu-like symptoms than go into debt.

This is why we need restrictions to stop people spreading the virus by working when they are ill. But we also need a safety net so that people can pay their rent/ mortgage.

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Posted in: Abe to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

That is no answer. What exactly do you want this "state of emergency" to look like? What would be different from now?

Close the bars and karaoke clubs for starters. At the moment there is just advice to avoid them.

And if you have ideas what the Tokyo govermt should do in addition to the current state, can´t they do that without this "state of emergency" declaration?

Don't know - you'd need to ask someone with a better understanding of the Japanese legal system.

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Posted in: Abe to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

Can some of you tell us what exactly they imagine the state of emergency to include and what it would achieve that current measures dont?

I am really curious.

I would have thought this was pretty obvious, if you look at countries that have introduced tough emergency powers in response to COVID 19 - you must be aware of these countries.

The emergency measures principally limit the amount of contact you can have with people to get the R0 well below 1. Current measures do not achieve this.

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Posted in: Abe to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

That sounds still very vague. What exactly do these genius prefectural governors (Koike in my case) want us to do? People are already wearing masks (no idea where they buy them), and are being careful. Surely nobody wants soldiers on the streets, enforcing curfews??

WilliB - we don't want enforced curfews, which is exactly why we need to control the virus before it spreads too far and there is no choice but to do it.

Once it begins to spread rapidly, the only method we have is a complete and enforced lockdown.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 143 new coronavirus infections Sunday See in context

that said lockdowns are also unproven outside of one city in China.

And just to add, daily new cases in Italy and Spain are now falling - clear evidence that the lockdown approach is effective.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 143 new coronavirus infections Sunday See in context

 that said lockdowns are also unproven outside of one city in China.

Carpslidy - I hope you are right and the numbers to do rise in Japan, but if you are wrong, the outcome could be thousands dead.

The reason the lockdown has only worked in China so far is because China did it first and it has had time to be demonstrably true. What you should say is that China has demonstrated that lockdowns are effective.

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Posted in: Nextdoor, the network for neighbors, grows in age of social distancing See in context

Would definitely be useful in disaster prone country like Japan but unfortunately most of the population can't use a computer.

Its good in other countries, but in Japan it would just get used for bullying messages about putting out garbage and shaming people who do not follow the arbitrary rules of the neighborhood matriarch.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 143 new coronavirus infections Sunday See in context

130 is about the number the USA had on 7 March. Today over 300,000.

Act now Japan.

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Posted in: Teacher suspended for slapping student on head and kicking him for 35 minutes See in context

If teachers are not allowed to administer corporal punishment, then this is assault and the police should be involved.

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Posted in: Japan to boost Avigan drug stockpile to fight coronavirus See in context

If such an efficacy is confirmed, the government might approve the drug for use in COVID-19 treatment this summer.

Ok. It's a drug that hasn't been tested properly.

The current stockpile is enough to treat 700,000 people

Look, just use it on those who might die bit might work.

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Posted in: Japan sees record 4,300 cannabis offenders in 2019 See in context

Japan has the perfect climate for growing hemp. I'm surprised it's not growing everywhere, especially in the hills.

If I were a drug dealer, I'd grow it here in Japan in the mountains, not smuggle it in.

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Posted in: Abe cautious about declaring emergency despite spike in virus cases See in context

You have to take into account the incubation time (usually 7-18 days) and precautional measures which are already taken.

Actually most people display symptoms before seven days. Not sure where you are getting your information from.

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Posted in: Trump says toughest weeks ahead as coronavirus spreads See in context

Good luck to all those fighting the virus in the USA, especially to all those front line workers who are putting their lives at risk. A close friend is amongst them.

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Posted in: Abe cautious about declaring emergency despite spike in virus cases See in context

Either the virus is not so infectious in Japan or it was already pass through most of us but it’s so mild we didn’t even notice.

What was the number infected a week ago and what is it today?

Use that rate of compounding and work out where we'll be in a month.

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Posted in: U.S. weighs the grim math of death vs the economy See in context

They are trying to work out which is more important? People or money?

Although it sounds terrible, people have to make decisions like this all the time. Particularly in medicine. To take an extreme hypothetical example, if a drug to keep you alive cost $1m per day, I doubt that any insurer or national health system would approve it - sorry, but your life is not considered worth $365m per year to society.

There is a simple way to cut road traffic accidents to zero - ban cars. Not likely to happen

More realistically, medical research tries to balance its expenditure where it will have the greatest impact.

Although money plays a big impact - far more is spent on "first world" diseases than those in developing countries. Approximately 70,000 people, mainly children, die from rabies every year, usually from dog bites. Vaccinating all the dogs would not been expensive - $30 per shot in a US vet, so presumably a fraction of that. There is little will to spend that money.

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Posted in: Brokerage worker loses paternity leave appeal in Japan See in context

Under what grounds did the Company refuse his request for paternity leave ?

And also why did the court side with the company?

This article leaves more questions than answers.

I think it comes down to a type of attitude that some editors have that its readers can't handle technical facts (or statistics), so try to focus on the human side of the story.

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Posted in: Trump's son-in-law Kushner takes surprise top role in coronavirus fight See in context

"hidden genius,"

So well hidden that no one can see it. Invisible, like the Emperor's new clothes.

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Posted in: Singer Pink says she had COVID-19; gives $1 mil to relief funds See in context

Never heard of her. Clearly I'm out of touch.

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Posted in: Economic fallout mounts as coronavirus cases top 1 million worldwide See in context

And he made up for it, he’s on steroids with this thing working it.

@bass -I've got to give you some credit for accepting and even making some criticism of Trump.

But you do give him something of a get out of jail free card. While the head cannot be responsible for the actions of his appointees, the boss sets the tone at the top. Problems in the ranks can often be traced to the head. A fish always rots from the head.

Trump likes yes men and sycophants. He also hears what he wants to hear.

“People are really surprised I understand this stuff,” he said. “Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability.”

He suffers from over-confidence, narcissism and some self-delusion. He stated that he had been talking to lots of doctors, not just two.

It was also clear to someone who isn't an expert as to how many could be infected using a simple compounding equation.

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Posted in: Economic fallout mounts as coronavirus cases top 1 million worldwide See in context

How is Japan number of recovered patients so freaking low?

Probably down to poor reporting. I look at the same website. Japan is the only developed country not to have have an analytical breakdown.

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Posted in: Experts warn of health care collapse in Japan if virus keeps spreading See in context

"Why can’t more bodies be autopsied? It boils down basically to a question of manpower. Experts are few and thinly scattered across the country. As of now, nationwide, only 170 are fully qualified to perform autopsies, and more than half of those are professors of forensic medicine for whom doing autopsies is a sideline. Some prefectures have only one qualified medical investigator."

https://japantoday.com/category/features/kuchikomi/japans-autopsy-rate-woefully-low

Yes, I remember that article - can't believe that it is 9 years old. My comment on the shortage of pathologists still stands i.e. death is a taboo sin Japan and jobs associated with it have traditionally been the reserve of burakumin.

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