Ad do you?? If you don’t, how can you argue your point while saying that Daito is not write because he doesn’t have that same data? Given that both of you obviously don’t have the factual data, what makes you right and him wrong?
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Australians agree with the responses and measures taken. Foreigners do not have to like it or agree with it.
Would appreciate the same sentiment when you comment about Japan’s response to the pandemic. Ain’t going to hold my breath, though.
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Keeping cool at times when the rest of the world is going crazy.
Im scared about living here. Amazing how some people trust so easily.
You are welcome to search for and find a safer place so you can move there and not be scared any more.
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Go japan you got this, the envy of the world right now and justifiably so!
Yes, and also the pet peeve of part of the foreign community who believe that massive testing followed by another lockdown (sorry, state of emergency) will help eradicate the virus.
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The constant 150 - 250 per day in Tokyo for 4 months shows that the health ministry is just skimming an agreed number every day from the truth. 150 - 250 per day in Tokyo for 4 months has no sense of pattern. Either the contagion reduces or it increases.
Or this just shows that the virus has become endemic and that it is not as contagious and as deadly as the media craze had us believe in the beginning of the year.
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Massively testing the population so you have an accurate figure of the number of sick people, with or without symptoms, then you can quarantine them to preserve elderly and treat them so they don't spread the virus more.
I can see the following misconceptions in the above statement.
With the current inaccuracy of the PCR tests cannot get an accurate figure of the number of people who have contracted the virus.
contracting the virus doesn’t guarantee that you will get sick. At least 80% of the people with the virus in their system don’t develop symptoms, or in other words, don’t get sick.As the PCR tests give you a high false positive number, you will be quarantining healthy people who need to work and provide for their families. I hope you don’t mean that the elderly, who are mostly free of such obligations, should be free to roam around because the young are quarantined for their sake.
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So are they going to trace and test all of the contacts of these 90000 people afterwards? If not, how will they know how many new infections are created by this reckless experiment?
Thre is already a contact tracing application - ココア - which is used reportedly by over 80% of the native population. I imagine that the organizes will come up with a way to make all the viewers traceable
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LDP eminence grise Toshihiro Nikai is chairman of the All Nippon Travel Agents Association. This is yet more corporate welfare for Japan's travel industry, using our tax money.
Yes, undoubtedly so. But given that travel and tourism was the hardest hit industry (along with air transport), not providing any stimuli for its revival would mean the loss of more or less a million jobs.
Imagine if yours were one of those.
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The only thing for certain here is that there was an increase in suicides. Discussing why there was an increase and how big the impact of the virus and the measures was is fine. But going on like all suicides are down to the virus and associated measures is, sorry to put it this way, quite dumb
I don’t think people are saying that.
The total number of deaths (including the deaths from influenza and other medical conditions) is lower year-on-year but we still have an increase in the number of suicides during the pandemic. Which comes to show that the increase might have something to do with the continuity of frightening news about the virus in media and social networks.
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My point is, we should give attention and care for someone most in need. We should see things in perspective.
Indeed. While in the first couple of months, when there wasn’t enough information about the virus it was good to be scared, now we have no excuse for overreacting to a virus which has about the same or even lower CMR and IMR than other previously known viruses.
Unfortunately, the measures are proving to be worse than the virus itself. It blows my mind why so many people still refuse to see things in perspective.
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George Orwell, who would have thought?
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so please stop spreading the Sweden did it right BS, Swedens head of the response admitted the deaths were too high and his response would have been different if done again. Once again the science is right again
They did and learned from that mistake, namely not isolating the people in elderly care homes in the beginning of the pandemic. But if you think about how many lives have been and will be ruined due to the loss of jobs, economic collapse and social crisis in the countries which took “better” care, you might realize that Sweden has not done so bad as to not be given as an example for going through the pandemic better than many other countries. And, please don’t forget that many people with chronic or other diseases in other countries didn’t have access to proper treatment because of the pandemic. The data are still to be analyzed in a non-biased way. Chances are that Sweden did do very well while in other countries the cure brought more suffering than the disease.
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Ashley, please stop spreading false information. One of my colleagues and a friend of mine got tested Last week only because there was a possibility for each of them to have been in contact with an infected person. No hustle. They got tested, even without symptoms, and got their results the next day.
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*The NIID also believes the virus flowed into Japan from Europe and resulted in resurgence since June.*
it is interesting how they don’t recognize the fact that a huge number of Chinese tourists, including tourists and business people from Wuhan, traveled to Japan in December, also January and February. Japanese businesses that have branches and factories in Wuhan kept their employees traveling on business forth ad back. It is safe to assume that the “Chinese strain” entered Japan a few months earlier. Just because nobody was testing for it before March 4 here, it is hard to believe that the first infection happened in March.
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Herd immunity, people speak of it as if it is an absolute, and an easy one at that. Do you know how long it will take to achieve herd immunity?
Well, at this pace, it might take forever. That’s why people in low-risk groups should live their lives and we as a society should protect those in the high risk groups. By doing so, we may be able to speed up the process. And no, herd immunity is not an absolute but other more infectious and deadlier viruses are kept at bay through herd immunity, in some cases achieved through vaccination, in others through having over 60% of the population get infected. For those viruses - even when there are occasional outbreaks - we don’t shut the world down.
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Let people live their lives. At some point the 20 an 30 year olds you so adamantly call “idiots” may be in a better place than you, having built immunity to the virus and therefore contributed to the herd immunity which may specialists say is the best thing to work towards. Stop panicking, you may die of heart attack before (if ever) you catch the virus.
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After retirement, I do not go to sushi shops and eel restaurants to save money and I came to think it is not hygienic they make sushi with their bare hands
I am not a specialist but this sounds like a great example of confirmation bias.
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so around 1 out 30 people is testing positive.
It is 1 in 30 who have cold-like symptoms, not 1 in any 30.
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article: About a third of all the videos removed in the quarter were done so for endangering child safety, with such content including dares or challenges to do things that could get them hurt.
While protecting children is commendable, I cannot help but think that security is the new name for censorship.
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I did a search online for the SARS and MERS vaccines but didn’t find any sources supporting your statement about the existence of “dozens and dozens of perfectly good vaccines for SARS and MERS”. Could you please provide a link?
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Thank you for the link. Interesting article. For some more perspective, another link, of an interview with the state epidemiologist of Sweden, which is now observing a steady trend of decrease in new infections, serious cases and fatality rate.
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Unfortunately, this was going to happen sooner or later. As the world is still seeing a sea of infections, it is unrealistic to think that the virus-free status could be maintained for long.
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This is when Japan should be introspective, look in the mirror, and ask why instead of blaming.
Japan is not blaming. It is asking for rememberence so that other human beings are not subjected to such annihilation again.
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Living with the virus is the “new normal”. We have learned to live with other even more dangerous viruses, we will do it again with this one.
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We do have responsibility as members of society. Going to work and contributing to this same society which you are also part of is one of them. If you are in one of the risk groups, do stay home. Let us go back to living. And no, I am not irresponsible by saying this. If there are no people like me, soon everybody like you will be out of means to lead even a minimally comfortable life.
Although, we have one advantage over the other countries. Japan is an island nation so with right approach we can kill the virus, if everyone cooperate we can do it. New Zealand 83 days with no new "known" case of the virus. It would be nice to start the Go To Campaign at that time and everyone could enjoy it.
Have you ever thought if and for how long New Zealand will be able to keep itself “free” from the virus? Since the virus will circulate in the rest of the world, if NZ wants to keep itself “clean” they will have to remain closed at least for an year. I doubt this will be possible without a significant damage to their economy. But I know, you will say that saving lives is more important than saving the economy. Whatever happens after the economy collapses will be somebody else’s problem, right?
I promise you that even now, a lot of people will enjoy the Go To campaign.
No, people on the train don't touch you, but you have to hold on to something right? Or when you sit down you touch the surface, either or BUBU the chance of virus being on the surface is high, especially with that volume of people commuting everyday. Beside, let's say you even managed to avoid sitting, holding bars etc., let's forget about all that. Then you still have respiratory droplets flying around.
How strange is then the fact that I have been going to work every day and haven’t had even a cold since February?
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@smartacus - Surprised that you have forgotten the very effective lockdowns in Italy and Spain. Spain went from a thousand daily deaths to none now. Italy was pretty much the same. These were pretty hardcore lockdowns. And there was the lockdown in Wuhan. You can use that as your definition of lockdown.
I don’t know about Wuhan and how true the information coming from China is but Italy and Span having no new Covid deaths is NOT true. Italy has 15 and Spain 2 new deaths according to WHO. Providing false information to support your argument won’t convince a lot of people that the lockdowns are necessary. Feel free to see for yourself.
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Exactly BUBU, personal hygiene. I bet every time you go to work you don't touch your face or doors, bars at the metro station, right? When you are in packed train you touch each other, then when exiting the station you take out your suica, pasmo or whatever it is, I bet you don't sterilize your commuter pass every time after you use it. How about playing with your phone? reading a book? Think about it, personal hygiene is important and can slow down the virus but won't eliminate it.
Oh, I do. But no, people on the train don’t touch me and my personal belongings, including my suica and phone.
Sorry to disappoint you but lockdowns will not eliminate the virus either.
You are really keen on being locked in. Wow.
Yes, it's better to kill it now and suffer lockdown for 3-4 week, be free then have this going on for next year or two. It's already been 7 months if you didn't realize.
Obviously even total lockdowns were not enough to kill the virus. The lockdowns were never meant or expected to eradicate it. They were imposed to “flatten the curve”, albeit to slow the rate of infection. Face the truth that the virus will be around at least for some time and start living again.
For everyone who thinks that being hygienic and wearing a mask is enough. The numbers everywhere are going up so it means that the problem is rising.
I know you are all young and want to live your life with freedom etc., but don't forget that Japanese society is OLD and this might cause even bigger disaster.
This “old” society is in an incredibly good shape, especially when you compare it with the populations of other countries (think about the USA, Russia, Brazil or any other country where obesity is the reason of a number of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, etc.).
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Larr FlintToday 04:08 pm JST
Impose the lockdown right away!
If you feel unsafe, feel free To stay locked down. Let the other people live their lives.
Of course people who comment here say that wearing a mask will keep the infection rate down. You guys use public transportation, use your phone, touch your face how you want to fight against virus just by wearing mask. This kind of measures won't stop the virus think logically.
it is not the masks. It is personal hygiene, NOT touching your eyes, mouth, and nose before you wash your hands, etc.
Lockdown for at least 3 weeks, create a new law that will prohibit going outside, and in case of natural disaster the regulation will be abolish, simple.
You are really keen on being locked in. Wow.
The only good thing we have Shinzō Abe in charge, as an experienced politician he knows what he is doing.
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