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Posted in: Gov't already planning approval of antiviral drug Avigan in November See in context

I wonder how much better the treatments in hospital are now than in February. Is Beta- interferon being used to boost immunity ?

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Posted in: New Zealand economy shrinks record 12% See in context

How many suicides do you think there have been (especially over and above the usual number) ?

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Posted in: Bloomberg to spend $100 million in Florida to help Biden See in context

"Biden’s cognitive decline?"

Even if this were true, Trump isn't even at his 100%. Also Biden will appoint much better people for his cabinet and other executive postions. They won't be quitting/ changing right and left either like they have sooo much the last 3 1/2 years.

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Posted in: Koike lowers virus alert; Tokyo to be included in Go To travel campaign from Oct 1 See in context

"How does she propose we stay vigilant?"

Her wording is stupid. What we can do is wear a mask when around others outside of home, take enough vitamin D and avoid crowds or small enclosed spaces with poor circulation.

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Posted in: Pandas' new home See in context

The pandas used to be true gifts to countries (from the 1950s) until Deng Xiaoping changed this to Panda loans. This was at first for a smaller monthly fee and then it became up to $1,000,000 per year. A zoo in Mexico had their own pandas that was outside of this "loan policy" a few years ago, but I am not sure if they are still alive.

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Posted in: China tries to flip the pandemic script, starring a 'reborn' Wuhan See in context

@Black Sabbath

I have Chinese friends who can verify this "hard power" from within China.

If you can understand Chinese check Xinhua and other internal Chinese news sources.

On the "soft power" side out side of China they re more subtle, suggesting that this virus originated entirely outside of China and was brought in (of course the Chinese CCP is the hero in this narrative too). Check CGTN here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3yU_t4RqSs and other videos on YouTube. I won't even get into the paid CCP commenters.

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Posted in: China tries to flip the pandemic script, starring a 'reborn' Wuhan See in context

They are also trying to falsely rewrite the narrative on the origin of this virus. They are telling Chinese in their country that this was created by Italy, Canada or the US and then unleashed in China.

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Posted in: Fears pandemic will worsen birth rate, exacerbating Japan's aging crisis See in context

"campaign against this "pandemic", which is just a little worst than a bad flu in terms of death rate."

The case fatality rate is higher (it was especially higher in Feb. and Mar. when most os the medical community was at a loss at how to treat this). Then there are the sequellae, the long-term/permanent health issues of a significant % of those who have "recovered" from covid-19. They include damaged heart muscle, damaged kidneys, reduced lung capacity to to fibrosis, type I diabetes and more....

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Posted in: Fears pandemic will worsen birth rate, exacerbating Japan's aging crisis See in context

What is interesting is that in the Philippines, this pandemic has actually increased the birth rate. Japan could do more including penalizing ageism, as a lot of qualified people over 65 want to work but are discriminated against.

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Posted in: Fears pandemic will worsen birth rate, exacerbating Japan's aging crisis See in context

WHat is interesring is that in the Philippines, this pandemic has actually increased the birth rate. Japan could do more including penalizing ageism, as a lot of qualified people over 65 want to work but are discriminated against.

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Posted in: Man in his 20s is Australia's youngest virus death See in context

Any more information ? Co-morbidities ? Was he obese ?

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Posted in: Are you OK with wearing a mask when you are out and about as a measure to protect yourself against the coronavirus? See in context

Masks also lower the viral load you would get, even if you are infected. This alone can make the difference between having mild symptoms and dying from Covid-19.

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Posted in: Australia suffers deadliest day of coronavirus pandemic, as cases rise See in context

One more thing, though. If countries rushed to heard immuntiy in Feb. and Mar. the hospitals could have been overwhelmed. Also the best thing they could do for the worst cases at that time was to put them on a "dreaded" ventillator (under 25% survival rate). Now they have better and better treatments (anti-coagulants, Math+ protocol,plasma infusion therapy, interferon B therapy, Ivermectin and more). Most of those people, who would have died before can survive now.

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Posted in: Japanese show support for Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow See in context

"Like i've said before, no serious country is ever going to allow a separatist movement that openly conspires and colludes with foreign rivals to advocate separatism"

You are missing the point. The extreme authoritarianism is harmful to the human race as a whole. I have to wonder if you had ulterior motives for writing that or just put it up for some reason. (and not only me).

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Posted in: U.S. response to coronavirus met with incredulity abroad See in context

"I would like to ask anyone, how many people do you personally know who have the virus and was either very sick or died."

I know someone and he was quite sick (mostly bedridden) for a month. I would take al sorts of precautions to avoid what he went thought.

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Posted in: Japan's male smoking rate drops below 30% for 1st time See in context

@daito_hak

Thank you for the reference on smoking rates. I should have offered one myself. When I came to Japan (1990) it was very close to what you see in Madmen (USA 1960s)

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Posted in: Japan to give emergency aid to Lebanon after massive explosion See in context

@Toasted Heretic

Thanks.

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Posted in: Japan's male smoking rate drops below 30% for 1st time See in context

Well it took long enough ! ...Still it's a good thing. When I first cam to Japan in th 1990s 60% of men smoked, despite the fact that even then, people generally knew the risks.

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Posted in: New Zealand marks 100 days without domestic transmission of coronavirus See in context

"New Zealand is an island nation with controlled borders. I doubt they have reached herd immunity, so as soon as the travel restrictions are eased, the bug will appear again."

It almost sound like you hope people will get infected in large numbers (and die) in New Zealand. I hope not.

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Posted in: Beijing's top HK office says U.S. sanctions are 'clowning actions' and 'ridiculous' See in context

Let's hope this accursed CCP government comes to an end in time.

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Posted in: Aso warns against rapid rise in the yen See in context

The yen is cheap, making Tokyo cheap compared to many cities in the US now.

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Posted in: Japan lawmakers' average income falls for 1st time in 4 years in 2019 See in context

Where do I sign up ?

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 131 new coronavirus infections on Saturday See in context

"Stanford study done in April was showing than up to 4.7% of the population randomly tested was already carrying the antibody."

The Stanford study was flawed in at least 2 ways. The sample wasn't random, since they called for people who wanted to be test, via Facebook, etc. Also the number of false positives would be high for the test of their specificity relative to the true positives (probably outnumbering the true positives).

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 124 COVID-19 cases Friday; 70% in their 20s and 30s See in context

"Influenza and Corona virus are genetically different families."

Different classes even.

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Posted in: Koike leads in Tokyo governor race: poll See in context

Good old let's-not-test-to-keep-the-numbers-down Koike. Yeah !

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Posted in: Half-Japanese woman hands card to people who ask tiresome questions about her race See in context

Get the answers put on a t-shirt. I had this idea 20 years ago.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 48 new coronavirus infections See in context

Yeah, there are probably many asymptomatic carriers. But according to the latest data, asymptomatic carriers very rarely transmit the virus to others, if at all.

That was from the WHO and I don't trust their statement. Most people are infected by others who were asymptomatic (including pre-sympotomatic) at the time.

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Posted in: Race for Tokyo governor is Koike's to lose See in context

What did she do? Testing for Covid-19 is still really lacking.

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Posted in: Britain-Japan trade deal faces hurdles despite good intentions See in context

But I thought all of these trade deals would easily come about...

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Posted in: Biden makes 1st in-person appearance in more than 2 months See in context

Wearing masks in the US from March first would have saved tens of thousdands of lives. Infection spread would have been greatly reduced.

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