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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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Posted in: Japan's population down 644,000 in 2021; biggest drop on record See in context

Some more context would be nice. How much bigger was this drop than recent years? Also interested to see how excess death compared to previous years. Might give a clearer picture of the true toll of covid.

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Posted in: Man, woman or... X: U.S. rolls out gender-neutral passports See in context

Agree with other posters, this whole gender neutral thing is misguided. You are born a biological male or female. What does it matter if you don't identify as either, or your sexuality? Your identity is made up of many things. You don't need all other aspects of your identity stamped on a passport.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 8,102 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 52,741 See in context

And lots of non masked people

Define lots. I'm in Shibuya regularly and agree crowds are back as big as they ever were. But i'd say 99% still masked.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,384 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 30,157 See in context

And what exactly do you want to achieve with a hard lockdown? What's your game plan? What are the rules of the hard lockdown? How long does it last? When do we know it's safe to end your hard lockdown.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,384 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 30,157 See in context

@Steven

Serious question... What is it exactly that you are trying to achieve with your daily repetition? I mean, what do you want people to do differently? You're not calling for a lockdown or restrictions. As best I can gather, all you want is for people to get vaccinated and remain fearful...? News flash. Anyone who wants to get vaccinated has already done it. Your daily dose of fear mongering isn't going to convince them. As for the remain fearful part... why? How do you see that improving things?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 7,982 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 49,266 See in context

I think most of us can agree it's time to move on now. If you haven't already had omicron, it's going to come knocking sooner or later. Unless you're old and sick you've, or unvaccinated, you have little to fear.

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Posted in: 'Finally we can protect women': Japan's HPV vaccine battle See in context

It’s the question of whether benefits outweigh risks.

Yes, that's always the question. And in the case of the HPV vaccines the answer is unequivocally that the benefits outweigh the risks.

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Posted in: Japanese government calling on citizens to drink more milk…again See in context

Cut your prices. Give it away to those in need. And learn how to manage your business. Problem solved.

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Posted in: Japan to toughen crypto rules to make sanctions on Russia effective See in context

This is simply bringing exchanges under the same/similar regulations of banks. It won't stop the flow of crypto from anyone determined to side step the sanctions. Exchanges are not needed to make transactions between individuals.

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Posted in: 'The Flash' actor Ezra Miller arrested at Hawaii karaoke bar See in context

Confused young man. Needs to get a grip.

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Posted in: Japan enjoys cherry blossom season despite COVID-19 worries See in context

Best time of year in Japan. People need this. Enjoy.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 9,520 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 53,753 See in context

Most likely BA2 kicking into gear. Plenty of other countries have seen the same pattern. Huge spike from BA1, followed by a small decline, then a plateau or slight rise as BA2 takes hold. After some initial reports it may be more severe than BA1, consensus now seems to be it's no worse than BA1. Not over yet, but no need to panic. It's going to do what it's going to do.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 7,289 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 47,470 See in context

Let me be more specific for Steve's benefit. Factually speaking, regardless of age, health status, race or country of residence, if you personally are infected with omicron BA1 or BA2, you are far LESS LIKELY to suffer serious illness or death than you would have been if you had been infected with previous variants.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 7,289 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 47,470 See in context

Factually speaking, if you are any age, or any health status, your are LESS LIKELY to die or suffer serious illness than you would be if you had been infected with previous variants.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 6,430 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 41,038 See in context

@Steve your insistence that omicron is the deadliest variant is based on your definition of deadliest. You are looking at the absolute number of deaths. Most people assess personal risk. On a personal risk basis, omicrom is the least deadly variant. Fact. Perhaps you should try framing it in your mind that way, then you might feel less panicked than you do.

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Posted in: One dead, 20 wounded at shooting at Arkansas car show See in context

I hope a child wasn’t among the dead.

I also hope a child wasn't among the witnesses.

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Posted in: 2 dead, over 160 injured after M7.4 quake hits northeastern Japan See in context

I noticed that the mobile phone alert remained silent.

And I'm glad for it. Those screaming alarms increase the stress levels in an already stressful situation. Wish they'd make them a little quieter and shorter.

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