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Posted in: Kirin Brewery head questions restrictions on Tokyo bars, restaurants See in context

I'm buying me an Ichiban Shibori 6-pack tonight on my way home.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 1,591 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 6,001 See in context

So what's needed is focused protection, not a blanket SoE that unnecessarily inflicts hardship on people who are at very low risk of developing the illness.

Yes!

So, downvoting friends, did you actually look at the graphs and understand what they mean?

Probably didn't.

Why do you care how many people vote you up or down?

I don't care how many, just curious as to why.

Downvotes are sometimes a good sign!

Anyway, I wonder if there are any plans to do widespread antibody testing to get a better idea what fraction of the population got infected.

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Posted in: Pandemic haunts new year as virus growth outpaces vaccines See in context

Is he the one from whom you got the idea this virus burned itself out months ago?

No. Oh, and BTW, he's not anti-vaxxer...

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Posted in: Pandemic haunts new year as virus growth outpaces vaccines See in context

Here is an excellent video (in French) by Dr Didier Raoult on the current status of Covid19 (side-effects of infections, treatment, vaccination). He's a leading expert on infectious diseases and gives a very balanced summary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7CmzEW8k3M

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Posted in: Pandemic haunts new year as virus growth outpaces vaccines See in context

The response to the pandemic continues its destructive path. Economies worldwide in shambles and still trolls (paid and 'volunteer') continue to exaggerate its severity and downplay and even deny the existence of effective treatments.

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Posted in: Worry, frustration, uncertainty as state of emergency looms for Tokyo, neighboring prefectures See in context

The best thing for people to do is take Zinc, alot of vitamin D bunker down stay home for 7 days and do nothing. Students can take 7 days off or do online.

Yes, you should take vitamin D and zinc, but if you do that you don't need to stay home, unless you have some other issues...

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Posted in: Do you think those people calling for a lockdown in Japan have secure jobs and income? See in context

which is why none of the many experts on the topic (Japanese or foreing) think so.

So, what do the experts say?

Provide something useful, instead of just saying I am wrong.

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Posted in: Do you think those people calling for a lockdown in Japan have secure jobs and income? See in context

@SandyBeachHeaven

Very early on, researchers investigating the spread of the virus estimated that the actual infection rate was 10 to 100 times that detected by PCR. And that was done in places where PCR tests were much more wide spread than Japan. We keep on hearing about how you need to satisfy so many conditions to get tested here. Because of that I expect the actual infection rate in Japan to probably be around 100X (if not higher) greater than the number of PCR positives.

So, if we take the 250,000 cases confirmed nationwide so far, I would not be surprised if 25 million people got infected so far in Japan. We got almost 5000 cases nationwide today; that might mean an additional 500,000 infections. These are just rough estimates, but I truly do not expect herd immunity to be all that far away. And I do expect the cases to come down in the not so distant future, with or without lockdowns.

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Posted in: Vaccination campaign picks up speed around the world See in context

@asiafriend

Yes, exactly. I am used to posters misrepresenting my posts. Makes it easier for them to criticize or "refute" them.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,278 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,883 See in context

I wonder if this is just due to backlog as yesterday was an oddly low number

I would be very happy if the virus started to peter out like it has in Osaka: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14080878 - the governor asked businesses in 2 wards out of 24 to close at 9 as well! Everyone could just go to other places, seemed meaningless

The covid deaths in Tokyo have been very low in the past few days. But I don't know whether this is real or late reporting due to the holidays.

https://www.fukushihoken.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/iryo/kansen/shibou.html

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Posted in: Trump says he'll 'fight like hell' to hold on to presidency See in context

Electoral voters won by President-elect Biden are "not gonna take this White House!”

This is what he said:

"If the liberal democrats take the senate and the White House, and they’re not taking this White House, we’re going to fight like hell."

“I promise you this: On Wednesday, we’ll have our day in Congress,” Pence said...

Pence said:

“I promise you, come this Wednesday, we’ll have our day in Congress, we’ll hear the objections, we’ll hear the evidence”

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Posted in: Worry, frustration, uncertainty as state of emergency looms for Tokyo, neighboring prefectures See in context

This includes the signatures of over **50,000 medical & public health scientists and medical practitioners who have been vetted and have their names, fields and institutions listed.**

What percent of the overal medical and public health scientists and medical practitioners does that represent?

OK, how many have signed a declaration asking for a lockdown?

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Posted in: Vaccination campaign picks up speed around the world See in context

Faced with the risk of severe side-effects, Alain Fischer answers “yes, there will be side effects” but he reminds the risk-advantage ratio of vaccines. “Are advantages expected to protect from a potentially serious disease very higher to the possible risk of a pathology related to vaccine?” According to the doctor, “small margins of uncertainties are still there but according to the partial data we have, this risk is very low”.

So if one is in a group that is predisposed to have serious side effects from Covid19, indeed you might want to consider getting the vaccine. But most of us will be fine without it.

Iran's vaccine is an inactivated vaccine, meaning that it is made of a coronavirus that has been weakened or killed by chemicals, similar to how polio immunizations are made.

Yeah, traditional vaccines have a much more established history, compared to these new experimental mRNA gene therapies. But I am concerned by those traditional vaccines because they are produced in cultures of either human embryonic cells, monkey cells, or perhaps eggs. Who knows what is injected into you with the inactivated or weakened virus. Some have claimed that HIV was spread by a vaccine produced in a monkey cell culture (HIV was a monkey virus).

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Posted in: Leave your guns at home, Washington police warn pro-Trump rally-goers See in context

Trump's goal to turn our country into a violent third-world banana republic will fail...

You mean like how Dem governors let Antifa and BLM run wild and burn down cities?

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Posted in: Gov't eyes declaring state of emergency on Thursday for about a month See in context

I wonder how empty the trains will be once SOE is declared as many will work from home

Yeah, the one good thing about the SOE is that I'll be able to sit on the Yamanote line.

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Posted in: Suga considers state of emergency in Tokyo, vicinity; says Japan will start vaccinations in late Feb See in context

He himself reported close to 1% fatality rates, even with the sham treatment

That was a retrospective study submitted in May! I am referring to the current survival rate. Treatments are constantly improving, or at least they should if the are not prevented from using safe and effective drugs. I just hope the Japanese people are treated equally well. But I still worry, especially after the death of the Japanese minister Hata, that the sick might only be treated after they are in serious condition (too late).

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Posted in: Tick-Tock: Tokyo Olympics hit the 200-days-to-go mark See in context

This, Japan is no special case, and the terribly low pace of adaptation makes it realistically impossible to have any kind of significative immunization done by the time the olympic games are supposed to be held.

Oh, I do believe there will be significant immunization in Japan by then from natural infection.

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Posted in: Vaccination campaign picks up speed around the world See in context

The vaccines already have proven efficacy and safety

Yeah, they decrease symptoms and they are unlikely to immediately give you anything serious, but nobody knows what can pop up later...

Even Alain Fischer, who proposed the concept of gene therapy says we should be very cautious with the mRNA vaccines (they are a form of gene therapy).

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Posted in: Suga considers state of emergency in Tokyo, vicinity; says Japan will start vaccinations in late Feb See in context

Logic is something no longer available for some.

Yes, very well said; I couldn't agree more!

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Posted in: Do you think those people calling for a lockdown in Japan have secure jobs and income? See in context

Herd immunity?

Yeah, sort of.

Basically, my opinion at the time was that the only reason to completely or partially shut down businesses was to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. This was back when cases were very low and vaccines were expected to be years away.

Vaccines are round the corner, but I haven't really changed my opinion on this, because I don't quite trust the vaccines and I now know that there are very effective treatments (I just hope they're available here).

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Posted in: Do you think those people calling for a lockdown in Japan have secure jobs and income? See in context

I have a secure job and income, and I am against a lockdown, which accomplish little or nothing other than wrecking businesses.

One thing I did write several times during the summer was that we should decrease the measures during the summer to increase the immunity of the general population in order to weaken the winter wave. I am now even more convinced this was a good idea.

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Posted in: Suga considers state of emergency in Tokyo, vicinity; says Japan will start vaccinations in late Feb See in context

covid-19 are showing the immunity is dropping off 6 months later

Antibody production drops off at 6 months, that is typical. However, memory lymphocytes last longer, perhaps life long, and upon a second exposure to the virus these can quickly mount a strong defense.

Well, it is easy to get really nice numbers if you lie and replace data or sort every patient at risk of complications outside of your treatment, it is not for nothing that Raoult has been completely disgraced and is facing huge consequences for corroborated scientific malpractice and fraud.

You keep saying that without providing proof. All I could find is that people criticize him for not doing randomized studies (one of your links also said that), which he considers immoral. The numbers I provided are the overall survival rates of his institute. It's not a small clinic, it's a massive institute; they do about 3000 PCR tests daily providing results within hours, and all positive cases are immediately treated.

For months you have made every effort to make covid19 appear a bad as possible, and you just can't accept anyone that can effectively treat covid patients.

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Posted in: No. of people changing registered gender rising at record pace in Japan See in context

Why would one's feelings be registered?

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Posted in: I do feel like I want to cooperate with coronavirus prevention measures, but if I close at 8 p.m. I can't run a business. See in context

The measures will have little or no effect, other than wrecking businesses.

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Posted in: GOP plans to upend Biden win for Trump rips party apart See in context

support from a dozen Republican senators and up to 100 House Republicans

Nice to see that there are at least 12 honest Republican senators with some integrity.

But without evidence of voter fraud or other problems

What!!!!

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Posted in: I do feel like I want to cooperate with coronavirus prevention measures, but if I close at 8 p.m. I can't run a business. See in context

If you don’t cooperate with prevention methods and contribute to the spread of the virus, resulting in your customers getting sick, then you won’t have a business.

This is not a kindergarten, his customers can take care of themselves.

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Posted in: How does AstraZeneca's vaccine compare with Pfizer-BioNTech? See in context

That is the fallacy of moving the goal posts, when what is being said turns out to be false people without intellectual honesty change what they "mean" endlessly. "Normal levels" become "What I personally want to consider normal" after that "My personal normal levels plus an extra" then "As much as is possible" and eventually it has to be some special kind of moon light charged magical vitamin D.

Well, if you were paying attention to the vitamin D research, you would have some idea what the optimal levels are today, and that they are much higher than what was considered ideal years ago to prevent rickets.

Many of us have already brought up a number of times studies on the benefits of vitD against covid19. It seems all you consider are the talking points provided by big pharma to try to disprove/discredit such studies. And it seems that all they have is that one very weak study...

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Posted in: How does AstraZeneca's vaccine compare with Pfizer-BioNTech? See in context

No, there is no evidence on the long-term safety

Yes there is, the vaccine has not produced long term health problems

I was referring to the long term effects of the vaccines, meaning health issues that may show up in the long term, perhaps a year or two (or longer) after getting the vaccines.

Health problems (sterility, autism, allergies, neuropathy,...) may show up long after these vaccines are approved and administered to the public.

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Posted in: How does AstraZeneca's vaccine compare with Pfizer-BioNTech? See in context

Another important point to keep in mind is what is a "normal" or "healthy" level of vitD. The recommended vitD used to be very low, basically the minimum needed to prevent rickets.

But the optimal vitD level to prevent other diseases, such as respiratory tract infections, is much higher. In fact the paper you're referring to uses a cut off level that is quite low.

And considering they accept vitD measurements within 365 days of admission, the study is pretty useless. Many of those who get very sick in winter from the flu or covid, probably had low vitD levels when they got sick, but might have had optimal levels during the summer.

How can you use such a weak study to disprove the overwhelming evidence showing that vitamin D protects against covid19 and other respiratory tract infections.

If one chooses to ignore safe and effective measures to prevent getting sick, and safe and effective treatments, then perhaps you such risk taking the vaccine.

But I will definitely use the safer options and avoid getting a vaccine produced with human embryonic cells (Astrazeneca) or the experimental mRNA vaccine, both of which are rushed.

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Posted in: When you first heard about the coronavirus, did you think it would escalate into a global crisis that would still be with us as the new year begins? See in context

Can't really deal with people who are so irresponsible, think the virus is a hoax

Very few people believe the virus is a hoax. But many do believe (correctly I think) that the response is intentionally exaggerated for a number of reasons (power grab, big pharma profits, ratings ...).

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