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Posted in: Thousands of COVID-negative Beijing residents sent to quarantine See in context

Madness.

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Posted in: Japan to start 4th vaccine shots for elderly, at-risk groups from May 25 See in context

characterized as a valid surrogate for protection

Like I said, repeatedly, let’s see some real data conferring actual efficacy. Surrogates don’t cut it anymore.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,464 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 35,922 See in context

So reassuring that the increase in people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 0% today. Yesterday’s 50% increase was very alarming!

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Posted in: Japan to start 4th vaccine shots for elderly, at-risk groups from May 25 See in context

@virusrex

Yes there is, for vulnerable people, I already included a reference for this.

An FDA press release is not evidence. I read it anyway. Did you? They talk about the data at the end of the article. The "emerging" data they use to suggest a 4th dose is protective against severe disease/death in vulnerable people is a single, ongoing study that showed increases in neutralizing antibodies in those who got the 4th dose. This is not in fact evidence of reduced severity or death. Like I said. Good science needs to make a comeback now that we have the luxury of time that we did not have pre-vaccines.

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Posted in: Japan to start 4th vaccine shots for elderly, at-risk groups from May 25 See in context

There is no evidence that a fourth shot reduces severe disease or death more than the initial doses. We are past the emergency phase of the pandemic. Good science needs to make a comeback. Fast.

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Posted in: Japan to allow 20,000 daily international arrivals from June See in context

Big, vapid corporate fests. How imaginative.

That is exactly my point. All of the big corporate events are back on.

Border controls "inside" Japan are normal? I'm calling you out for this, you're all over the shop.

You’re either twisting my words intentionally, or you misunderstood. I was reacting to a poster who suggested it’s a terrible time for tourists to visit Japan. I asked why that is, considering things are back to normal “inside” Japan. My point, if a tourist can get past border control and into the country, they can then do anything they would have pre pandemic. I said nothing about border control inside Japan. Doesn’t exist, never has.

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Posted in: Japan to allow 20,000 daily international arrivals from June See in context

Been to any big festivals lately? Me neither. 

No, but I plan to. Fuji rock, Ultra and Summer Sonic are all going ahead in the next few months.

Quite a big exception to normality.

I did say “inside” Japan.

Agreed, although it has always been excessive.

But still not back to “normal” by Japan standards.

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Posted in: Masks outside not needed when not chatting: gov't panel See in context

Anybody sits near me on the train not wearing a mask and I will say something !

Last time I checked, the seats on the train were inside, not outside.

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Posted in: Japan to allow 20,000 daily international arrivals from June See in context

Well ...exuse me for pointing out the obvious but - Japan is definitely not back to normal.

It’s not obvious to me. What is it that is not back to normal? Except for border control and excessive mask wearing.

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Posted in: Japan to allow 20,000 daily international arrivals from June See in context

Many of us who live here are probably surprised that anyone would want to come under these circumstances,

What circumstances are you referring to? Except for excessive, but voluntary mask wearing, life inside Japan is back to normal.

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Posted in: Masks outside not needed when not chatting: gov't panel See in context

I thought they already announced this last week. Or maybe that was the prerelease to say they were considering thinking about it.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,573 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 37,438 See in context

This 50% increase in cases of those with severe symptoms in Tokyo is quite alarming….

You have got to be kidding me. Talk about spin. Seriously, who do you think you’re fooling? That alarming 50% increase is 1 person! One!!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,172 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 39,642 See in context

If you are vaxed, previously infected, or both there is nothing to be scared of.

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Posted in: N Korea reports 15 more COVID-19 deaths; hundreds of thousands of fever cases See in context

No one's going in and no one's coming out, so what does it matter

That’s cold. The people of North Korea did not choose to be born there.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,799 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 39,416 See in context

All in all, things are looking good. The majority of people are emerging and beginning to take their lives back, while the small minority continue to cower for no apparent reason.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,711 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 42,538 See in context

But the main concern for me is a more dangerous variant emerging.

A valid concern. But for now, the going is relatively good. I say try to get back to some degree of a normal life while it makes sense to do so. If we get a more dangerous variant in the future, then we reassess and bunker down if warranted.

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Posted in: New Zealand welcomes back vaccinated tourists as pandemic rules eased See in context

I’m no scholar in New Zealand politics… 

Or infectious diseases.... But putting that aside, what success in NZ are you referring to? What am I missing?

NZ still has covid circulating despite all their efforts. Opening the border is an acknowledgment that it can't be eradicated and that the cost benefit now favours opening back up to the world.

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Posted in: COVID shots still work but researchers seek new improvements See in context

@Monty

39 percent out of 555 people who died, even they are double vaccinated, is very very high.

The percentage rate of vaccinated dying sounds very high, but you need to factor in the very high levels of vaccination in the population. As an example, let's say we have a population of 1000 people (800 are vaccinated and 200 unvaccinated). Then 100 people die at home. Of the 100 dead, 39 were vaccinated and 61 were unvaccinated. That means 4.8% of vaccinated population died, but 30% of unvaccinated population died. Extrapolating this, if all had been unvaccinated 300 would have died instead of 100.

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Posted in: BA.2 subvariant likely represents 90% of coronavirus cases in Japan See in context

Separately, the health ministry said 555 people died at home from January to March when the sixth wave of the coronavirus struck Japan.

This is the real news. Why isn’t this being given more attention and discussed in the media here?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,394 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 41,756 See in context

Actually, to be more correct, your risk of dying or getting seriously ill remains unchanged by the number of cases. Your risk is based on your personal risk profile and the characteristics of the variant you catch.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,394 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 41,756 See in context

@painkiller

So, with a higher number of people being infected with a less potent strain, my risk of being infected increases but risk of dying or getting seriously ill decreases?

Correct.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,394 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 41,756 See in context

@painkiller

And yet, your personal risk of dying or getting seriously ill is far lower. I know this is a hard concept for some people to grasp.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,394 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 41,756 See in context

@painkiller

Look back one year ago, April 28

It was a completely different situation and virus back then. Back then I too was calling for caution and restraint. For me, the calculus changed dramatically with omicron. Even at the beginning of omicron I was cautioning not to celebrate too early. But it is very clear now that things have changed for the better. Omicron is a far less dangerous variant. Comparing case counts between now and then is irrelevant.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,394 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 41,756 See in context

@painkiller

When will it be over by your definition? You do realize there is no putting this genie back in the bottle right? It's now with us for good in one shape or another. Things are not that bad right now and hopefully will stay that way or get even better over time.

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Posted in: Single HPV shot enough for young women: WHO experts See in context

@painkiller

It is the WHO.

World Health Organization. Not the USHO.

Get it now?

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Posted in: Single HPV shot enough for young women: WHO experts See in context

I am for equality.

But apparently only among people of wealth nations. Can't you see the hypocrisy of what you are saying?

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Posted in: Single HPV shot enough for young women: WHO experts See in context

Moral of the story? Follow the US guidelines if you want more people adequately vaccinated.

So in other words, you're advocating for people in wealthy nations to take more than is necessary, at the expense of young women in poorer nations? If the data says one dose is enough, why knowingly deprive others of the opportunity to protect themselves.

Why is The Who trying to limit this for girls and women but not boys and men?

It's the girls who are at risk of developing cervical cancers, not the boys. Boys have very little risk of cancer caused by HPV compared to the risk girls face with cervical cancer. The point of vaccinating boys is more to protect the girls. If supply is short, it makes perfect sense to prioritise the girls.

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Posted in: COVID pandemic exacerbated rise in STDs in United States: study See in context

punching bag

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Posted in: COVID pandemic exacerbated rise in STDs in United States: study See in context

You know what they say, never let a crisis go to waste. Covid is the pushing bag for all of societies failures.

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