"Cautious approach on coronavirus testing" Is this fake news or hiding the reality of the incapacity of Japan's medical system and political leadership?
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The Japanese Government has found a conveniente way to keep the virus under control: it's called "not screening enough people". Screen no evil, see no evil.
Sure. And watch the rise of people dying of pneumonia.
Funny that those numbers are in the article. Bases on the above numbers, which country is doing a better job?
Better job of testing. Not fudging numbers.
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The only thing astonishing is, that after seven years, a tiny bug deflates the vain and vacuous nucleus of his "leadership" which never was more than bluster.
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Speaking of experts: Where is Dr. Kentaro Iwata, probably one of Japan's foremost experts with experience in the field (Ebola in central Africa and SARS in China). Not just a bureaucrat promoted through the ranks. Is he part of the task force or advising the government by remote (Teleconference) during self-isolation. Have not heard of him since the FPC. Just asking.
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Why and what did nations take so long to send planes and rescue their citizens from Japan?
Because most people, particularly overseas, thought that Japan can manage very well, especially after Hong Kong did so efficiently in a similar situation. They'd also expect that protocols were in place for large scale medical emergencies for a megalopolis of 38 million with the Olympics scheduled in the very near future.
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Omi, a public health expert who heads the Japan Community Health Care Organization, said it was the best they could do.
If that is the best they can do and after almost 2 months since the outbreak neither produced a protocol about how to deal with an outbreak of an infectious disease and "there [is] no medical facility large enough to admit more than 3,000 people at once" (Health Minister Kato) the Olympic Committee should cancel the Olympics in this 38 million Megalopolis immediately. Japan has neither the competence, nor the capacity, nor the facilities, nor the number of qualified personnel (incl. doctors and nurses who mostly don't speak English) to manage an international event of this scale.
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If they can't manage a cruise ship and after almost 2 months since the outbreak "there [is] no medical facility large enough to admit more than 3,000 people at once" the Olympic Committee should cancel the Olympics in this 38 million Megalopolis immediately. Japan has neither the competence, nor the facilities, nor the number of qualified personnel (incl. doctors and nurses who mostly don't speak English) to manage an international event of this scale.
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So after 7 weeks, "the government will disclose its basic policy on how to deal with the outbreak of the virus, possibly Tuesday." A basic policy, maybe next week.
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Abe's leadership was never more than bluster and the above mentioned Koike makes only storms in teacups.
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One died of the coronavirus, the other of pneumonia, the health ministry said.
Already fudging numbers. Both are COVID-19 victims as anywhere else reported, right?
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Thank you for drawing attention to infectious desease specialist Kentaro Iwata:
A link to the video and an English transcript is here. There's also a Japanese version on YouTube:
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YubaruToday 07:37 am JST
How many of the crew contracted the virus? From the news reports, I don't recall seeing more than one or two, could be wrong,
You are wrong. As of Feb 17 "at least" 33 crew members have been infected with coronavirus. And: "Crew members aboard the Diamond Princess aren’t afforded many of the same protections as the passengers they serve". "Only ten days into the 14-day quarantine did Princess Cruises ask crew members to take an extra precaution when eating ..."
Obet, a crew member in his 30s who also asked to be referred to with an alias, had been arranging meals and delivering them to passengers before he came down with a fever last week. When he reported it, he was told to isolate himself in his cabin and take the acetaminophen (a generic pain reliever) he had with him. After he ran out of pills, it took a day for the medical team to give him more.
Although he had recovered from his fever, Obet was told not to return to work. But he was still sharing a room with a cabin mate who was not experiencing any coronavirus symptoms. Obet says he did his best to keep a distance from him, and wore a mask whenever he was in the room. [...] Obet and his cabin-mate were tested for the coronavirus last week. On Saturday afternoon, they received the news that both of them were infected.
There is also the question if crew members, most of them from third world countries were/are afforded the same priority for testing than high paying customers.
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The quarantine was largely for passengers because crew members kept sharing double rooms and continued to serve guests by delivering food, letters, towels and amenities, and entering passenger cabins for cleaning. Crew members also ate in groups in a crew mess hall.
1000 crew members not only ate together in groups but reportedly also shared bath rooms which are on a ship usually small and not well ventilated. Thus it is not astonishing that many health experts deem such quarantaine measures as dubious.
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Instead of real proactive procedures, like for example cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces in trains people hold on to at the end of stations, regular desinfection of hand rails (escalators especially) in train stations and elsewhere, panels for ticket vending and ATMs, surfaces in reception areas etc, etc, etc
Those are not useful nor effective, unless you have staff constantly disinfecting surface 24/7 it would be useless because after the first person touches it it has to be considered contaminated. Cost is hugely higher than the very limited benefit.
There is a lot of personnel at train stations, banks and institutions who just stand around and do nothing in particular (the numerous security guards for example) who could do that job. Instead of handing out free tissues, it would be also a good idea to hand out disinfectant tissues so that everybody can wipe touch panels before and after use. Of course there is always the option of doing nothing and wait and see, the preferred option.
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So 6 weeks after COVID-19 was declared a public health emergency of international concern, the Japanese government is “unveiling medical guidance”. Instead of real proactive procedures, like for example cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces in trains people hold on to at the end of stations, regular desinfection of hand rails (escalators especially) in train stations and elsewhere, panels for ticket vending and ATMs, surfaces in reception areas etc, etc, etc, they are still waffling and giving guidance which should have been provided 5 weeks ago. There is still no real protocol in place about how to deal with this calamity in hospitals and public spaces like for example in Singapore.
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If "United by Emotion" aka herd mentality, the Tokyo Olympics under current circumstances are doomed.
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Where's PM Abe? Have not heard of him since "brushing away" the worries about the spread of the virus.
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The CDC does NOT recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including 2019-nCoV.
This is the result of letting people go home untested who were brought back from China and other bad decisions like just waiting and doing nothing. What really would help is shutting down all educational facilities and places of assembly and enforce teleworking. The overcrowded trains in Japanese cities should be the main focus of preventation. Unless government officials get their head out of the sand this will get much worse.
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Do these fake skies turn dark in the evening or do these displays fake daylight and thus suggest never ending work days?
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The Japanese government is trying to both humane and prudent and it gets no thanks
Not having enough testing kits a month after the outbreak is not prudent.
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The inability of Japan's government and medical system to deal with a calamity like this staggering. Waffling, indecision, incompetence and unpreparedness combined.
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Nissan will dig until bankruptcy which should happen in the near future.
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I am quite sure that this lack of motivation extends to university and schools. Not much enthusiasm seen there either. Even usually pleasurable activities are reduced to pointless gaman.
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Detailed update of 2019-nCoV mortality rate:
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An "anti-groping app" is just feeble pretense, It won't cure the problem. Instead it will lead to many more situation like in the movie "I just didn't do it", which is educational also about legal 'procedures' in such and other cases: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjS0W0-KSUA
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Thank you. Always a pleasure to communicate with the informed.
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I wonder if the tests are specifically for the 2019-nCoV or include the 4 coronaviruses which have been around since years.
2019-nCoV joins the four coronaviruses now circulating in people. […] Although little-known outside health care and virology circles, the current four “are already part of the winter-spring seasonal landscape of respiratory disease,” Adalja said [Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security]. Two of them, OC43 and 229E, were discovered in the 1960s but had circulated in cows and bats, respectively, for centuries. The others, HKU1 and NL63, were discovered after the 2003-2004 SARS outbreak, also after circulating in animals .[....] OC43 and 229E are more prevalent than other endemic human coronaviruses, especially in children and the elderly. Together, the four are responsible for an estimated one-quarter of all colds. “For the most part they cause common-cold-type symptoms,” said Richard Webby, an influenza expert at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. […] All four, in particular HKU1, can cause pneumonia, and sometimes death.
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