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Posted in: Record 49% proud of Japan's history, traditions: gov't survey See in context

Hmm, was the survey really about history, tradition?

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Posted in: Masks are everywhere in Asia, but have they helped? See in context

So to be clear, I wear masks not to protect myself but to protect those around me.

If you don't wear a mask and you happen to be infected and shedding viruses then you will be freely spreading the virus, simple as that.

Its doesn't matter whether you believe it or not, but it will be difficult for droplets to come out of your mouth if there is a barrier enclosing your mouth.

I used to think it's that simple really, that even the simple minded will understand it. I was wrong. Turns out I was too simple minded.

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Posted in: Masks are everywhere in Asia, but have they helped? See in context

It's simply a largely cultural, personal lifestyle and imperfect (perhaps even misguided) health choice.

Im sure it's that simple for you, no arguments there. You might want to consider the CDC's misguided communication though.

You don't have to understand the recommendation, just like you don't have to understand doctors recommendations. But it might be better to follow them anyways.

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Posted in: Masks are everywhere in Asia, but have they helped? See in context

@Flute

My reason for wearing masks is not the cdc recommendation, it just came out.

Its the WHO and others' recmmendation that people who are shedding infectious organisms should wear a mask to mitigate transmission.

Of course if you are sure that you are not infected and shedding infectious organisms then you don't have to wear one =)

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Posted in: Masks are everywhere in Asia, but have they helped? See in context

https://youtu.be/tPx1yqvJgf4

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Posted in: Masks are everywhere in Asia, but have they helped? See in context

@Flute

I do not get tire of explaining this particular issue, the mask wearing, because if people don't wear mask in public, they could be adding to everyone s risk of being infected.

This is unlike the other issues that people discuss here in JT in that here we could make a real difference, for good or bad.

Nobody has to listen to me now, just listen to the CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

@Socrateos first posted this link above.

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Posted in: Masks are everywhere in Asia, but have they helped? See in context

@smithinjapan

The mask for us, the general public, is to protect others from us in case we are shedding viruses.

Inthe traincar full of passengers wearing masks, the airborne particles from peoples' mouths will be minimized even if many are coughing.

In the traincar full of passengers with no masks on, even just one who doesn't cough or sneeze properly could fill the car with airborne contaminants.

Yes, picking nose while wearing a mask necessitates taking off the mask and maybe is equally bad to not wearing mask at all

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Posted in: Masks are everywhere in Asia, but have they helped? See in context

@hooktrunk2

Sorry I have no time yet to judge by myself which of the two sides has more weight but this is the related article

"Coronavirus can spread through talking or even just breathing, experts say

CNN Newssource

3 days ago

Some experts are now saying the coronavirus can spread by more than just sneezing and coughing.

A prestigious scientific panel told the White House Wednesday night that research shows coronavirus can also be spread by talking and possibly even breathing.

According to Dr. Harvey Fineberg with the National Academy of Sciences, results of available studies are consistent with aerosolization of the virus from normal breathing."...

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/02/health/aerosol-coronavirus-spread-white-house-letter/index.html

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 143 new coronavirus infections Sunday See in context

Lets wait 1-2 weeks from now and discuss it again.

Sure. I sincerely hope that you could dig up the information in that time, if they exist

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 143 new coronavirus infections Sunday See in context

Where are the severe cases and deaths associated with the imaginary number of infected? If they are ten times, hundred times more then there has to be a proportionate number of severe cases and deaths.

Surely there are a lot of untested, undetected cases out there but don't let your imaginations go too wild

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Posted in: Japan to boost Avigan drug stockpile to fight coronavirus See in context

Yes, it's not registered yet. Even here in Japan clinical trial for covid19 treatment has just started

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Posted in: Masks are everywhere in Asia, but have they helped? See in context

since humans can't create an aerosolized virus

Unfortunately there seems to be evidence now that the virus can spread through aerosols expelled by mere talking or breathing.

Anyway, the masks for healthcare workers are for different purposes. The healthcare workers use them mainly to protect themselves from infection while for us the general public, we should wear them to protect others from infection

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Posted in: Japan to boost Avigan drug stockpile to fight coronavirus See in context

 it already provided the best results in 2 separate trials in China. 

Best results among drugs tested? No wonder the govt wants to triple the stockpile

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Posted in: Masks are everywhere in Asia, but have they helped? See in context

You are about to ride a train in Tokyo. There were 2 cars you can get into, one car is packed with passengers with masks on, one car is packed with passengers without masks. You have no mask on yourself. in whichcar will you get in?

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Posted in: Japan to boost Avigan drug stockpile to fight coronavirus See in context

Yeah if there were clinical trials done or being done they would have been all over the news

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Posted in: Abe cautious about declaring emergency despite spike in virus cases See in context

Does nobody realize how many people will die if the real-life economy grinds to a halt?

Obviously few people do. That's why the question for them is "health/life or the economy?"

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Posted in: Abe cautious about declaring emergency despite spike in virus cases See in context

It seems most people think that Japan is in a different timeline from the rest of the world. The virus was here earlier than in most countries right? If the rate of spread are similar or will be similar to the other countries then as of now the body count should have been comparable already. The fact that there are relatively far less deaths now means the curve for Japan is flatter than the others.

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Posted in: Darvish speaks of anti-Asian discrimination in U.S. amid outbreak See in context

Seems I was mistaken, I thought all along that the name of the virus was sars-cov-2

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Posted in: Japan to boost Avigan drug stockpile to fight coronavirus See in context

That should give us a clue on what their estimates are of the extent of spread of the virus.

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

No, what's idiotic is claiming masks help

Lol you fail to understand how masks help until now? You wear them to prevent infecting other people.

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Posted in: Concern raised over exclusion of bar hostesses, sex workers from virus compensation See in context

But that is your moral compass talking.

You're saying they shouldn't get taxpayers' money because their job is dirty.

On the other hand, if you said they shouldn't get taxpayers' money because they're not paying taxes...

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Posted in: Fujifilm says new coronavirus test can produce results in two hours See in context

Guidelines for testing could be reevaluated, relqxed, recalibrated, whatever, to accommodate more testing but we can't test everyone, meaning no guidelines. Testing takes time, reaources, personnel. If testing is allowed for everyone who wants it then medical care for those who need it could be delayed. Of course some form of prioritization could be implemented but it might be hard to do once the floodgates have been opened.

Anyway, if we can test anyone any idea how would we know if someone had been sick and safe to be with or just asymptomatic and still shedding the virus actively?

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Posted in: Abe's two-mask pledge met online with derision and humor See in context

Yeah the pictures say it all. How easily people's minds can be toyed with.

If those masks reach every household then 2 members of each household will have a mask to use everyday.

Will it ease the desperate demand for masks?

Could it help to save people's lives?

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

Many people still do not understand how masks works, amazing.

Anyway, we all knew that there are a lot of asymptomatics out there right?

The C.D.C. director says new data about people who are infected but symptom-free could lead the agency to recommend broadened use of masks.

https://www.google.co.jp/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/03/31/health/coronavirus-asymptomatic-transmission.amp.html

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

The thing that has me really confused is why the hospitals haven't been bombarded with critically ill people like overseas. They can cover up the numbers by not testing, but they can't cover up the number of people requiring critical care.

Thia is something that is conveniently just ignored by many for some reason.

People shouldn't be arguing just for arguments sake in this issue, lives are at stake.

Anyone could be wrong because everyone knows differently and understands things differently. But everyone should reevaluate one's position depending on emerging trends and information.

The goal must be to find the real situation and reason.

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

Then how do you explain Skoreans with a tradition of wearing mask having a high infected rate. If you cannot figure out that they have a higher rate because of massive testing and until Japan carries massive testing any assumption for the low number of infections is nothing but baseless assumption.

The cause of the initial explosion of cases in South Korea is well known, maybe you should read past news. In any case, wearing masks, even by a100% of the population cannot stop the virus.

Massive testing logically leads to lower infection rates but of course higher number of positive cases, and vice versa.

You are looking for the high number of positive cases, which may or may not come with high infection rates.

Also, the low rate of infection people mention is not absolute, its usually in context relative to other countries.

And you may want to look up the meaning of baseless assumption although it seems self explanatory to me.

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

I just checked the worldometer, first in a long while, and Japan now is way way down the list, despite the big outbreak in Tokyo. People should now seriously reexamine all available facts to get clues on the real reason/s.

Is this simply a case of hiding the numbers? (Although doing so wouldn't have been simple)

If this is not the real reason but we just keep on insisting it simply is and don't look for the.real one/s then we are just waiting time and lives. The reason could help many others if we can find out what it is.

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

@Caliboy

Yes, that was certainly interesting. It should be intuitive and obvious that there should have been a more explosive increase of cases here in Japan because of less testing as compared to those countries who have done far more testing.

And that is what many people here maintain. Only they are being hidden precisely by limiting testing.

But even if not tested, infected people will be sick. So in light of the limited testing our yardstick for the extent of spread should be the number of serious cases and deaths.

I haven't followed the story closely but thats what may have been happening now in Tokyo

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

@Ian

Are you talking about those dust masks? It's an issue and I fear it's getting to the stage where you'll be looked upon with disdain if you don't wear one when out and about.

Remember they do nothing to actually protect you from catching the virus. A dust mask only reduces the chances of the wearer from spreading it. You could just use a scarf or bandana.

Yes , I'm well aware of that. It's also the reason I always say that the Japanese mask wearing habits could be a significant reason for the low numbers, they could have helped a lot in preventing contagions from being on air from non symptomatics and of course also symptomatics tested and untested who mingle in public.

What I'm more concerned though is the lack of masks (maybe PPE in general) even for healthcare providers

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

At the moment, the Tokyo situation is serious cause for concern. Of equal concern to me is that people seem to be running out of mask stocks. It may or may not be true people got complacent, but mask supplies are nowhere to be found.

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