COVID-19 INFORMATION What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are living in Japan or planning a visit.

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Posted in: Australian police put a 90-day limit on draconian virus measures in NSW See in context

That hound has got the physical distancing thing down pat...

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Posted in: Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr dead at 85 See in context

Wow. Wallace Roney just passed as well. Bad day for jazz.

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Posted in: Deaths pass 1,900 in New York; Cuomo calls those who won't stay at home 'selfish' See in context

How does the COVID-19 pandemic compare to the last pandemic?

The 2009 flu pandemic was the second H1N1 pandemic the world had seen — the first being the 1918 Spanish flu, still the most deadly pandemic in history. The 2009 pandemic was caused by a new strain of H1N1 that originated in Mexico in the spring of 2009 before spreading to the rest of the world. By June of that year, there were enough cases that the World Health Organization declared the swine flu outbreak a pandemic. 

In the U.S., between April 2009 and April 2010, the CDC estimates there were 60.8 million cases of swine flu, with over 274,000 hospitalizations and nearly 12,500 deaths — that's a mortality rate of about 0.02%. The mortality rate for the novel coronavirus is much higher so far, around 2% (although the number will likely change as more people are tested). That may not sound like a big difference, "but when extrapolated, can mean millions more deaths," Strathdee said.

The 2009 flu pandemic primarily affected children and young adults, and 80% of the deaths were in people younger than 65, the CDC reported. That was unusual, considering that most strains of flu viruses, including those that cause seasonal flu, cause the highest percentage of deaths in people ages 65 and older.

https://www.livescience.com/covid-19-pandemic-vs-swine-flu.html

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Posted in: Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM See in context

ADK99: The answer remains the same as always: 仕方がない.

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Posted in: Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM See in context

無責任. Japanese leadership in a nutshell.

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Posted in: Truck plows into ramen restaurant after colliding with car See in context

Puts a new spin on the term "drive-thru"...

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Posted in: Japan not planning to declare state of emergency but will expand entry bans See in context

Newsflash: COVID-19 arrived in Japan in January. Bolting the barn doors while you're inside won't help.

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Posted in: Japan expands ban on arrivals from 73 countries See in context

When are Japanese people going to realize that they were put at risk by Abe's insistence of holding the Olympics, and national hospitals' policy of triage rather than treatment? As has historically been the case, the lives of the little people will be sacrificed to protect the social hierarchy and the economy.

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

We learned this from China two months ago. What has the Abe government been doing in the meantime to prevent the spread of disease and protect the population? Bupkis. SFA. You can't even buy a mask in many poarts of the country. Invalid CSRF

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Posted in: Deaths pass 1,900 in New York; Cuomo calls those who won't stay at home 'selfish' See in context

In the weeks leading up to the escalation of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, tens of millions of Americans who get their information from media personalities like Ms. Owens heard that this once-in-a-lifetime global health crisis was actually downright ordinary.

The president’s backers sometimes seemed to take their cues from him. On Feb. 26, the day before Ms. Owens was a guest at the White House for an African-American History Month reception, Mr. Trump denied it would spread further. “I don’t think it’s inevitable,” he said.

At other times, the president echoed right-wing media stars. When he declared at a campaign rally two days later that criticism of his halting response was a “new hoax,” commentators like Laura Ingraham of Fox News had already been accusing his opponents of exploiting the crisis. “A coronavirus,” she said on Feb. 25, “that’s a new pathway for hitting President Trump.” And when he falsely asserted that he had treated the outbreak as a pandemic all along, Fox hosts like Sean Hannity backed him up, saying that Mr. Trump’s decision to restrict travel from China and Europe would “go down as the single most consequential decision in history.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/01/us/politics/hannity-limbaugh-trump-coronavirus.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

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Posted in: Japan to give face masks to 50 mil households to fight virus See in context

2 reusable cloth masks for 40% of the population that won't be reused, and 12,000 yen in coupons. Maybe. Is there a provision in the Japanese constitution for a recall election? Invalid CSRF

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Posted in: Virus breaks the mold for telework in office-bound Japan See in context

Perhaps it's finally time for Japanese companies to change from a loyalty-based paradigm to a competency-based paradigm...

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

"I'm a little embarrassed by how indecisive Japan is compared to other nations." Sums it up well enough.

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Posted in: Smoking diners to take it outside as Tokyo ban kicks in See in context

How is it that the same government that runs the national insurance scheme is in the business of selling a product that, used as directed, causes cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease?

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

Mysterious how the infection numbers spiked just as soon as the Olympics were postponed...

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Posted in: Businessman paid $8.2 mil by Tokyo Olympics bid lobbied figure at center of French corruption probe See in context

"a former executive at the advertising agency Dentsu Inc" tells you there is far more to the story than appears here... Invalid CSRF

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Posted in: Ex-nurse acquitted of 2003 murder after 12 years in prison See in context

So what's going to happen to cops and prosecutors responsible for this nightmare?

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Posted in: Japan enacts legislation to facilitate employment until age 70 See in context

This is a precursor to raising the age at which people can collect government pensions. They expect a lot of people to drop in harness and thus reduce pension costs.

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Posted in: Private-sector advisers to Abe call for massive economic stimulus measures See in context

When is Abe going to man up and address the nation?

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Posted in: Sex delivery workers, scammers adapt to coronavirus See in context

Sounds more like a ママ動 to me...

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Posted in: Why the coronavirus became a social media nightmare See in context

"We are all adults." Unfortunately, it's not a matter of age, but of intelligence...

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Posted in: Why the coronavirus became a social media nightmare See in context

Social media was a nightmare long before the coronavirus arrived. It has now become a conduit for the spread of misinformation, disinformation and agitprop.

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Posted in: Japan advises against travel to 50 nations including U.S., China See in context

It hardly matters, when all of the countries on the list have barred entry to non-citizens...

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Posted in: Mercedes F1 team helps to develop breathing aid in pandemic See in context

Are these the same thins that are used for sleep apnea? Could those devices be modified to output more oxygen?

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Posted in: Nagoya Stadium disinfected See in context

Are they now going to fill the stadium with people who arrived by subway?

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Posted in: Man referred to prosecutors for killing homeless woman in Ueno Park See in context

While in this case it's a good thing, is there any public space in Japan that doesn't have surveillance cameras?

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Posted in: Gov't to establish drone licenses for flights out of operator's sight See in context

Because the Japanese government makes certain that the important stuff always gets done? Invalid CSRF

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Posted in: Plum wine gelato in a squeezable tube from Papico See in context

It's not gelato, it's gelatin. Gelato is frozen.

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Posted in: Japan not planning to declare state of emergency but will expand entry bans See in context

...closing the barn doors after the virus is already inside...

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