High cases still but downward trend as was always going to happen as spring approaches and the fact so many of the population have been infected the antibodies and natural immunity level is high. Good times.
As for the mask thing - c'mon - even the most ardent supporters have to give it up now as it's embarrassing on all levels. Not just because the latest comprehensive study - looking at many studies - all show no effectiveness, but the case numbers in East Asia - esp. Japan, tell us this. Masks are solely about collective conformity, social anxiety and, in some cases, sheer vanity.
1 ( +4 / -3 )
Plenty of studies to show the ineffectiveness of mask masking. Today's report showing cases and covid-related deaths in mass-masked Japan alone is one such 'ongoing mass study'. Indeed, the findings have been staring us directly in the face daily now for the past year. Problem is many refuse to see it - largely because they can't remove the useless masks they sheepishly hide behind as that would be to admit they were wrong. And who wants to do that?
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So it's still not a flu despite having a lower IFR than the flu and not being anywhere as nearly dangerous to young children? However, it will be a flu at a later unconfirmed time when the govt waves a wand and magically changes it into one? And this is more science?
Meanwhile, from tomorrow speakers in the Diet can speak unmasked as that's not a risk anymore. Yes it was on Friday but not from Monday. At the same time, children still cannot see their classmates or teachers faces (now going on for 3 years), while toddlers can't see their carers faces. And all this is scientific and because of their safety? And no, the many harms are fine as the children don't complain (even if speech and language development is just one of the certain harms).
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To see a frown here is a rare treat so great to see everyone there looking so happy and smiley.
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A very bad look for Australia. Yes they have since gone back and lifted his 3yr ban and welcomed him but what a disgrace. He's right that he will never forget.
Great to have such a public figure having such strong principles and not bowing down to the mob. Definitely a role model for future generations.
As for the USA not letting in unvaxxed foreigners despite everything we now know (and knew a year ago) about the ineffectiveness of vaccines, especially against the milder varians - well if you can't see it's nothing to do with genuine health concerns you never will.
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Deaths by age will be fairly obv. We know statistically, while the risk to all is very, very small, by far the most vulnerable are the very elderly (more so male) with numerous underlying health conditions.
The IFR for over 80s was/is still lower than the flu however as acknowledged last week when official figures regarding the globally record-breaking summer wave here were revealed.
So again, why is it not downgraded? This would not only ease pressure on healthcare, but would allow children (who have suffered for 3 years with useless cloth masking despite not being at risk and the masks having zero proven benefit but numerous certain harms) to have a sense of normalcy back. Something some of them have never even experienced in their young lives.
1 ( +9 / -8 )
So serious case numbers remain less than miniscule (45 in pop of 15,000,000!) - mild is as mild does.
The mass masking continues to do nothing to stop transmission with months of world leading numbers of cases in the most masked nation on the planet (one of only a few who persist with them -China being another). Not sure how transmission is going there but presume it's all under control with the masks.
IFR is lower in Japan than the flu for over 80s. Lower!
Downgrading this then to the same level as the flu (despite the flu having a higher IFR) would alleviate strain (inc potential further strain) on both the healthcare system and society at large.
It would also allow children to live their lives and be educated without the many costs of masking them.
Why is simple common sense so uncommon here then?
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Given those numbers masks and vaccines have failed miserably. We knew this in the summer but we all know this now..even if some still continue to bury their heads in the sand.
A year since a milder variant emerged Japan has seen by far the most cases and deaths related to covid. Yet vaxxed and masked to max. These are just the realities. Only consolation is the huge numbers getting covid now means massive natural immunity so numbers will likely fall quite sharply by about mid-Jan.
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15 serious cases in a city of 5million people with 100k cases a week approx. Cases will be much higher than this figure of course.
Again we can conclude...
we have a thankfully v mild virus for overwhelming majority.
Risk to children minsicule at most. Is 3years masking them justified given all the negatives and their non existent risk? (Presuming masks do anything to stop spread)
Masks and vaccines not doing much (arguably nothing - look at those numbers!) to stop spread.It was time to move on a long time ago.
0 ( +10 / -10 )
The key is for covid to be downgraded to flu (it's IFR is lower) so with that the nonsensical close contact bs and quarantining for infinity can go. With that so can the masks. And then you have kids finally unmasked in schools and the many negative impacts that come with that are also gone.
How has this gone on for so long?! The UK stopped the nonsense a year ago. Even Australia followed not long after.
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Not really, they help reducing the risk that comes from covid even for children, there is a reason why pediatricians have been very vocal on the recommendation of vaccines for children.
Is this universal? Or were there just some places where pediatricians were vocal about vaccinating children? I'm pretty sure some countries were against it on basis of risk/benefit analysis. If so, why do you think those pediatricians were vocal enough to advise against children getting the vaccines? Seems odd they would have different opinions.
The efficacy from testing in kids (which was v limited) was v low and certainly below what would usually see a vaccine being approved I should add.
1 ( +6 / -5 )
Great pic and no masks anywhere (ok there is one on a chin). A picture that reminds of the importance of being able to see faces, sing unmasked and enjoy the beautiful game! Lots of non-Japanese fans there too - nothing brings people together more than football.
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The bar for what constitutes racism is at an all time low now. This just shows how far we have 'progressed.' I never knew I was such a race victim but given that I'm often asked where I'm from and have lost count of the number of times my name has been mispronounced I truly am a victim
Being overlooked for positions on the basis of skin colour however is fine as it's about "inclusivity and diversity." How could it possibly be racist if it's good?
What ridiculous times these are.
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Miniscule serious cases.
Higher case numbers and related deaths this year than in previous years.
Milder variant since start of year.
Mass vaccine rollout since spring 2021.
Many boosted 1-2-3 times.
Masks still worn outside and on children.
Downgrade to flu makes sense now, esp given fact IFR for flu is likely higher.
4 ( +10 / -6 )
Again does seem odd that the worst year would be now given a milder variant and a successful vaccine rollout. The vaccines have done a spectacular job in the eyes of some, and masks are excellent at stopping spread. Yet I am just not sure then how that is reconciled with the facts - such high case numbers and covid related deaths. Guess we can say it would be far worse etc etc etc. And that we can never prove one way or the other. We can look at places that have not had such bad outcomes and have not had the mitigations and measures in place here and wonder why.
3 ( +6 / -3 )
To echo what is said above. And I've had taken down before. This has been the worst year for Japan in terms of covid related deaths by some distance. All while globally cases and deaths are as low as they have ever been. My question to anyone here is why is that?
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Tokyo - 1 in a million hospitalized in serious condition. If that's not miniscule not sure what is. Now, after seeing all the unmasked Japanese fans in Qatar yesterday and celebrating unmasked in downtown Tokyo, it shows the Japanese can move with the times and not have to conform to social pressures. Let's move on. The kids have suffered enough.
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Not sure the UK is a third world country but then again I see your point.
Regardless omicron is milder and borders are irrelevant.
Japan seemed better earlier on but like Korea and Taiwan etc the mitigations in place where never going to stop the inevitable. No wonder worse outcomes are happening in this area of the world now while everywhere else has moved on.
Still, the Japanese are not worried going by how packed everywhere is. So the reporting is not needed. It just perpetuates fear when most don't need it.
The masks are nonsense and also unhelpful. Harming children is very alarming and really needs to be addressed asap.
As long as you agree with that point then fair enough. If you don't then that misguided alarmism really is the bigger problem here.
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Omicron is milder. Fact. This was seen everywhere - starting with South Africa that saw an explosion in cases but not hospitalisations. The UK followed next. And so on.
The vaccines are far less effective against it however. This is also a fact. But given that so many have had it at least once the natural immunity accrued is only good obv.
Recorded deaths may seem higher but that is probably down to deaths being recorded with covid even if that wasn't the chief cause. More a matter of higher prevalence in the community. You may recall this was the case when omicron first emerged and a lot of the MSM were running stories that it was a big threat to kids and resulting in record hospitalisations. It wasn't. It was just more prevalent in the community so more kids who were going to hospital for unrelated reasons we're testing positive for it. This too was a fact yet I don't recall the backtracking or corrections. That doesn't get clicks. Fear does.
Reminder that deaths are as low now as they ever were globally. So yes, time to really stop the fear. It isn't helping anyone now - especially the children. Next steps:
stop reporting these daily tallies like it's still Feb 2021
stop masking outside (which is obv unscientific anyway but creates a culture of fear and is just wrong)
Let kids be kids and drop all masks in educational settings like they did everywhere else. And no - schools didn't implode and children, who were never statistically at risk, didn't start dropping dead.some children are now in their third year of schooling and have never seen their teacher's face when reading them a story. Scary what impact all this is having in terms of social and emotional development.
Those who want to keep vaxxing, triple masking and staying home are well within their rights to do so.
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No covid cannot be eradicated. Obv.
Safe and effective vaccines - definitely debatable and contradicts your point about people still dying from it. But the option is there for all who want it.
Not all are equally vulnerable to covid by a long shot. It's clear the highest risk is age. Obesity/diabetes and those with underlying health conditions are also far more at risk. Men are also far more at risk - something not often talked about. But then neither is obesity risk.
Thankfully the risk of death to all - even the elderly with pre-existing conditions is relatively small. I should know as I know a fair few who are in the group and who got covid. All got through it thankfully and now have that natural immunity boost which will hold them in good stead in a world that has long since accepted living with it.
1 ( +6 / -5 )
Interesting to see not a single mask in Qatar in the huge crowds seen in the fan zone. Despite all the criticism, even they seemed to have moved on and are treating this as an endemic virus that is not the threat it once was. The fear isn't healthy.
0 ( +5 / -5 )
22 in hospital with severe symptoms in a population of 15 million?
250 odd in a population of over 125 million?
Yet this is the 8th wave.
Maybe it's time to return to normalcy like almost all of the rest of the world.
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To move on is to stop reporting it and suggesting it's still something to fear and be alarmist about. It's not helpful to anyone except those who crave the hysteria. Of which, the pandemic has shown us there are many. And sadly the fear allowed so many things that with hindsight were wrong and harmful to take precedence.
How does Japan move on?
Maybe end all meaningless mitigations that do nothing and were long since removed elsewhere - from temp checks (because you somehow don't know if you are running a fever or not, and cheap electronic thermometers are always reliable and accurate anyway) to plastic divider screens in restaurants (long since they were shown to potentially increase risk by limiting natural airflow), the sanitizing obsession and irritations that come with that - not just inconveniences, to enforced masking - which brings with it many harms that are not talked about here, not just the waste and plastic pollution, but social, emotional and language development, particularly in elementary children and teens. It's criminal that this has continued now for so long. For what?
The border controls/restrictions were something that were never justified beyond late 2021 (and hardly justified before). No one would disagree with that I'm sure. And at it's heart was xenophobia and the fear of the dirty foreigner sadly.
Japan did some things right in the early days. No not masking. Which hasn't worked. Clearly. But keeping society relatively open despite some nonsensical stuff like making businesses close early as covid only comes out after 9pm.
But it's looking silly now and has for the last year or so.
It's not 2020 or early 2021 anymore. Covid deaths globally are at lowest levels since it began. Winter is kicking in in the UK and cases are falling. Hospitals are fine but for dealing with all the fallout that lockdowns and missed screenings for cancer caused.
We don't keep running records and daily fatality numbers for suicides or cancer deaths or deaths from cardiovascular disease or flu or car accidents.
They would raise a few eyebrows above the Uniqlo cloths masks I'm sure.
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