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Posted in: Japan study shows women more likely to get skin rash from Moderna shot See in context

These particular rashes are not autoimmune rashes.

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Posted in: Japan study shows women more likely to get skin rash from Moderna shot See in context

These 'rashes' by the way are not rashes but autoimmune reactions related to the vaccine.

False. All rashes are an immune response of some sort, including these vaccine induced rashes. These particular rashes autoimmune rashes.

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Posted in: Japan study shows women more likely to get skin rash from Moderna shot See in context

At the same time, anybody who saw those pictures and decided to opt out should not have been punished or ridiculed in anyway.

I agree that everyone should have the right to chose. But who was punished or ridiculed? In Japan the vaccines were completely voluntary. Anyone who chose not to get it could keep that to themselves if they wanted to. Anyone who felt punished or ridiculed should simply stop reading internet forums. Bunch of crazies on both sides to be found there!

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Posted in: Japan study shows women more likely to get skin rash from Moderna shot See in context

Informed consent means these people had a right to know but weren't told. 

Everyone was told before. It was part of the informed consent people agreed to before getting the vaccines. In the large center in Tokyo where I got my shots they even had pictures of the rash, so you knew what it was if you got it.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,335 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,680 See in context

Great, that the severe patients remain so low. Very clear omicron is a different beast to the earlier variants and far less worrying.

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Posted in: Japan study shows women more likely to get skin rash from Moderna shot See in context

The symptoms were mild and not considered a contraindication

Translation, it is nothing to worry about. Even if you get the rash, you can still get the second shot.

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Posted in: Japan test tour by 4 Thai people canceled after COVID infection See in context

So the only way to visit Japan as a tourist is to be part of a tour. Which will then be cancelled if someone tests positive. Why would anyone sign up for such a ridiculous scheme. I don't understand the logic of this program... what are they trying to achieve with these silly rules? Are they trying to stop covid from getting into Japan? New flash, it's already here!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,630 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 27,549 See in context

What’s not over?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,317 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 31,457 See in context

@virusrex

With something like 90% of the population vaccinated and with the vaccines somewhat limited ability to reduce infection with omicron, are you really going to tell me that if the remaining unvaccinated suddenly decided to get vaccinated it will shift the outcome of the pandemic? That is the point of my question to Steven.

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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: Japanese government proposes manga-inspired courtship; Suzu Yamanouchi praised for critique See in context

Only in Japan.

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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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