This was expected during the cold season.
Nothing really surprising here. What is surprising (not really) is that the next SOE won’t include schools.
Not surprising at all. In the municipality I live in, there is a newsletter informing the residents of any new COVID infections. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the rate of infections which were caused by students is close to zero. I am sure you know it, but unlike university students, the kids don’t go out to drink and socialize at night.
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It's unbelievable to think that in Sydney a Japanese invention called the QR code is being used to record names and contacts of those visiting clubs, pubs, sports events etc..
People can then be reached later, get themselves tested or Isolate if necessary.
Are you aware of ココア？
This application issued for contact tracing. Everybody in my office uses it.
You can have a look and learn what it is here. https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/cocoa_00138.html
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No lies. Calling medical professionals liers just because they express opinions different from yours only shows that there is no open dialogue, but only consent between same-minded people which is masked as a dialogue. You should not ignore the difference between crude mortality rate, infection death rate and case death rate, which are very different.
You and most of the media talk about case death rate without specifying that it is the percentage of deaths in confirmed cases only. Needless to say, this rate is much higher than the infection death rate, and this should be made very clear by the media, too.
Saying that “the death rate of 0.1% is much higher because...” makes many of the readers think that contracting the virus means death, which is at least 98.6% far from the truth.
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My point is that you have no data to support your mistaken understanding and that not even a single organization of experts in health shares your mistaken opinion. Making obvious you cannot prove your points is what proves mine.
This kind of comment. I don’t show any data sources, but your not showing any, either, proves that what I say is right.
Where is the open, data-based, constructive dialogue?
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The medical world is also divided about the best way to deal with the pandemic. Pathologists, virologists, and immunologists from around the world have expressed reservations about the way the pandemic is being handled. Mainstream media do not do it but some news outlets have indeed published articles and opinions about this division.
The problem I see is the lack of open dialogue on the topic and the shadowing/silencing of the opinions which diverge from the main narrative.
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Several points, trying to put thins in perspective.
The increase in the number of confirmed cases was expected wth the beginning the cold season.
Even the increased number of confirmed cases is minuscule when seen as a percentage of the 14-million-strong population of Tokyo. Same when you hunk about the total confirmed cases and the population of Japan as a whole.
The trains will be packed again by Thursday but everybody on the train wears a mask, nobody talks, which puts the possibility of contagion on the train close to zero.
Though many here will deny it, most if not all people use hand-sanitizer when out and about.
The government is not there to save you as an individual or to protect your business or life. You pay taxes to them for general guidance and to ensure the maintenance/management of the systems which serve the society as a whole. Your business and life are your own responsibility.Some comments, even though probably well-intended, feed the fear in people reading them (see this: “Also, the virus kills much more than the 0.1% people in denial of science love to repeat, specially once health services become swamped.”) Such users, although they don’t offer any viable solutions or back their comments with data sources, often resolve to name-calling and shaming those who have reasons to be of different opinion.
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Indeed. But COVID is in fashion now so there is nothing else but it. Those who don’t agree are wrong by default.
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The BCG vaccine is better than nothing, but it doesn't completely protect from the infection.
Of course not. But the COVID-19 one, which you so vehemently promote here, does form a virus which over 99% of the population recover from. And so, we need a new TB vaccine to be sold by Big Pharma, don’t we.
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The keyword here is "planning." I am also planning a lot of things for next year, but none of them will happen.
Making plans happen is what differentiates those who move forward from those who stay in the same place for years.
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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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