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Posted in: Japan defends cautious approach on coronavirus testing as 7th death reported See in context

"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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Posted in: 'Where's Abe?' critics ask, as coronavirus spreads in Japan See in context

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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Posted in: 'Where's Abe?' critics ask, as coronavirus spreads in Japan See in context

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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Posted in: Gov't panel, responding to criticism, says cruise ship not designed to be hospital See in context

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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Posted in: Gov't panel, responding to criticism, says cruise ship not designed to be hospital See in context

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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Posted in: Gov't panel, responding to criticism, says cruise ship not designed to be hospital See in context

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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Posted in: Quarantine measures questioned as woman tests positive after leaving cruise ship See in context

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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Posted in: Olympic gear See in context

They may have to add hazmat suits.

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Posted in: Gov't considers using anti-flu drug Avigan to treat coronavirus See in context

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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Posted in: Outbreak, economic ills dim luster of Japan's Olympic year See in context

Abe's leadership was never more than bluster and the above mentioned Koike makes only storms in teacups.

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Posted in: Gov't says 2 elderly people from cruise ship have died; another 2 officials infected with coronavirus See in context

 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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Posted in: Experts ponder why cruise ship quarantine failed to prevent spread of virus See in context

@jansob1

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:

https://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/eat-drink-man-woman-16/japan-infectious-disease-expert-went-onboard-diamond-princess-investigate-got-kicked-out-6211922.html

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Posted in: Experts ponder why cruise ship quarantine failed to prevent spread of virus See in context

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.

https://time.com/5784190/diamond-princess-cruise-crew-coronavirus/

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Posted in: Experts ponder why cruise ship quarantine failed to prevent spread of virus See in context

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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Posted in: Japan issues coronavirus medical guidance as infections rise See in context

 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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Posted in: Japan issues coronavirus medical guidance as infections rise See in context

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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Posted in: 'United by Emotion' to be Tokyo Olympic Games motto See in context

If "United by Emotion" aka herd mentality, the Tokyo Olympics under current circumstances are doomed.

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Posted in: Avoid crowds and non-essential gatherings, health minister urges See in context

Where's PM Abe? Have not heard of him since "brushing away" the worries about the spread of the virus.

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Posted in: Coronavirus infection cases spread further in Japan See in context

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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Posted in: Mitsubishi’s solution for stressed office workers in Japan: fake skylight video displays See in context

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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Posted in: Nissan files ¥10 bil damages suit against Ghosn See in context

Is Nissan still investing time and resources in building cars?

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Posted in: Japan torn over whether to test all on cruise ship for coronavirus See in context

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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Posted in: Japan torn over whether to test all on cruise ship for coronavirus See in context

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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Posted in: Ghosn used Nissan-Mitsubishi venture to inflate pay: lawyers See in context

Nissan will dig until bankruptcy which should happen in the near future.

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Posted in: Survey finds only 6% of Japanese workers motivated; 7th lowest in the world See in context

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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Posted in: 20 virus infections on cruise ship in Yokohama; passengers confined to cabins See in context

Detailed update of 2019-nCoV mortality rate:

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-death-rate/

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Posted in: JR East to test anti-groping app on rush-hour trains See in context

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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Posted in: 20 virus infections on cruise ship in Yokohama; passengers confined to cabins See in context

@dk9000

Thank you. Always a pleasure to communicate with the informed.

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Posted in: 20 virus infections on cruise ship in Yokohama; passengers confined to cabins See in context

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.

https://www.statnews.com/2020/02/04/two-scenarios-if-new-coronavirus-isnt-contained/

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Posted in: Japan to amend laws to help elderly work until 70 See in context

How many non-binding, urging "laws" (generally aka recommendations) does the Japanese cabinet approve compared to how many real (binding) laws?

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