Richard Ogle comments

Posted in: Bali reopens to foreign travelers but no international flights arrive See in context

The rest of the world is charting a path to open up and Japan is sitting on their hands planning for multiple boosters.

Open.....the.....border.

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Posted in: COVID-19 cases plummeting in Japan; doctors puzzled why See in context

Number of cases is irrelevant in countries that have high vaccination status. The only metric to watch moving forward is the hospitalization rate of serious cases. Many people will get it and not even know it so unless you have mast required testing of people without symptoms it will become the new cold/ flu.

Take off your masks and live life.

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Posted in: UK eases travel rules but upsets nations not on list See in context

well done UK. Take note Japan. Eliminate the quarantine and pre and post departure testing. Either you trust that the vaccines work or you don't.

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Posted in: Organizers unveil COVID-19 rules for Beijing Winter Olympics See in context

Wonder if they will allow the Uyghur's to leave their "camps" and attend?

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Posted in: Japan businesses hope for revival of COVID-hit economy under new PM See in context

Want to revive businesses?

Step 1) Open the border for fully vaccinated people (without quarantine) once the country reaches 80% vaccinated which will be no later than end of November if not sooner.

Step 2) Revive the Go-To travel campaign and encourage people to go out and spend money.

Step 3) End remaining restrictions on sporting events, restaurants, etc...

Step 4) Stop selling fear which will further encourage people to spend the money they haven't spent over the past 18 months

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Posted in: Japan to fully lift state of emergency measures this week See in context

yep its time. Now get rid of quarantine and open the border for travel at least for business.

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Posted in: Japan's top COVID-19 adviser says peak of 5th wave over See in context

Its over when you decide its over. Get your shot and live your life. These "peaks" in cases are still less than 0.05% of the overall population.

No more SOE, immediately. Once all have had the chance to get the shot all restrictions should be lifted.

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Posted in: Japan's top COVID-19 adviser wary of easing restrictions See in context

The virtue signaling in this photo is peak.

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Posted in: Fate of California Gov Newsom hangs on recall vote See in context

Newsome will likely survive and the same problems plaguing California will remain . Even in Larry Elder wins he won't win reelection. Individuals and businesses will continue leaving in droves to other states like Texas and Arizona.

California is a beautiful state but the politicians have created this mess and its the typical definition of insanity to assume the same politicians will be able to fix it.

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Posted in: Japan business lobby seeks to end quarantine for vaccinated arrivals See in context

Yep its time. Want to incentivize vaccination? Make it easier for vaccinated to move freely to other countries.

Moving between prefectures should not be part of the conversation. Many people live in a different prefecture from where they work or where their families live. Having limits there is beyond naïve. The prefectures are basically suburbs, not other countries with hard boundaries.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,168 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,031 See in context

Here we go with another WoW decline. What am I supposed to sit around and fear now?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,909 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 17,713 See in context

Oh No! More good news. Jabs are working and the SOE should end as scheduled. If you want to stay home then stay home.

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Posted in: Difficult to end state of emergency as planned: health minister See in context

This past week Japan crossed the 45% fully vaccinated mark. 1 week ago it was 40%. In the next 2 weeks they will eclipse 55%. This will surpass the US. By the end of September they will likely hit 70%. This will surpass the UK and most of the EU or at least come close. No more SOE!!!

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Posted in: Experts warn of untested COVID cases in Tokyo as average dips See in context

If you don't want people watching the trends then why publish them at all? Just send faceless propoganda like China does.

Yet another reason why the number of cases is no longer the metric. The thing to watch is severe cases which is ~250 in a city of 30 million.

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Posted in: Schools take action against rising pandemic-linked student suicides See in context

Closing schools is short sited and is unnecessary. It drives fear with students and causes extreme disruption to the rest of the family. If people want to homeschool there are free resources available. Otherwise, open schools and stop the fear mongering. Lock downs favor the privileged who have 1 working spouse or nannies and not the working families. The government can't supplement income forever.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,220 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 21,570 See in context

Unpopular opinion since people love fear....

At this point case count is irrelevant. The majority of cases in Tokyo are below 40 so they will be fine (99.997%). Serious hospitalizations are the measurement to watch. 268 serious cases in a city of 30 million is not cause for concern. If this causes the medical system to "collapse" there are bigger problems in place. I know there are some that have less urgent cases that need extra care but with the options available today on the antibody cocktail, the system is not at risk.

Get the jabs. they are effective at further mitigating serious health risk.

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Posted in: Lockdowns or vaccines? NZ, Australia, Japan try diverging paths See in context

Japan is finally hitting its stride on vaccines. Batter late than never. Clearly outpacing AS and NZ (by double as far as %). They will pass the US in the next 2-3 weeks and quickly chasing down the UK next. At some point the daily rate will slow but there has been little sign of that so far.

Australia and NZ can keep their lockdown strategy on their own islands. The cure should not be worse than the disease.

Keep the schools open and allow small businesses to provide for their families. Get the shots, they work well.

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Posted in: Japan's governors call for COVID lockdown See in context

NOPE! Lockdowns favor the elite and privileged. They hurt the most vulnerable and less fortunate. The government can't supplement people's income forever.

Get the shots. They work at keeping symptoms little to nothing. Live your life and stop listening to the fear mongering.

If you want full lockdowns move to NZ or AUS. Or, maybe not because they are locked down. HAHA!

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Posted in: Japan extends, expands state of emergency as cases surge See in context

Get your jabs in live your life. Stop depending on a government to save you.

SOE's and lock downs don't work and often cause more harm than the virus itself with stress, depression, drug and substance abuse, and domestic violence. The hardest hit are women and children.

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Posted in: Australia's capital Canberra enters 7-day lockdown See in context

You get what you vote for. Imagine voting for controlling authoritarians and then being shocked at the results.

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Posted in: Johnson says UK must live with virus as he eases restrictions See in context

Better late than never. Risk will never be zero. Soon the case numbers will no longer be tracked and the only thing that will matter is the hospitalization rate which in the UK is still low (in spite of increasing delta cases).

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Posted in: Is Japan's quickening vaccine drive in time for Olympics? See in context

if Japan maintains 1M jabs per day by the time the opening ceremonies happen they will have given over 65M jabs, approximately 34% will have 1 jab and 18% will be fully vaccinated. Continue that same trend through August and the numbers go to 100M jabs; 48% with 1 and 31% (ballpark).

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Posted in: 5 years after Brexit vote, divided UK still feels shockwaves See in context

Britain is a sovereign nation and has every right to control its own border, economy, and laws. The vote was a slim majority such as many elections and is final. Time will tell if this was good or bad. If it was good, other EU nations will be jealous and the EU could continually break apart. If it was bad, the UK will be alienated on the world stage.

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Posted in: The handshake after COVID – good riddance, or welcome back? See in context

Get ready because I am hugging everyone! haha

Kidding aside one of the many negative impacts of this virus is the detriment to interpersonal relationships and human interaction. Shaking hands (formal greetings), reading body language and facial expressions, simply hearing a clear tone of voice are all minimal or even absent with standoffish or 100% virtual situations. That may be ok for "getting by" but not sustainable long term. I have traveled across Europe and Asia and non-US people are usually the first to extend their hands in greeting. I love it and am ready to continue doing it.

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Posted in: Pandemic shows risk of obesity, and challenge of weight loss See in context

Obesity is a far worse issue than COVID ever will be. It has killed more people than every pandemic in history combined.

"Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with at least 2.8 million people dying each year as a result of being overweight or obese." (WHO)

Good for anyone who makes the difficult decision to improve their health. It's hard and while it does get "easier" over time its never really simple. I wish the world would take health and obesity more seriously outside of the pandemic. If we cared 1% about obesity as mush as COVID, there would be way more healthy people walking around.

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Posted in: Major companies, universities apply for on-site vaccinations See in context

Yessir! Just give us the shots and we will take care of the rest. That is where the US saw the rates explode was in the pharmacies, urgen cares, and private sector. The gov't can only do so much. Giving shots is simple stuff.

Currently daily jabs are 700K+ daily. If the rates get to 800K-1M through August, we will see approximately 55-60% with at least one shot and 25-30% fully vaccinated. Not too bad considering the late start.

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Posted in: More than 10 million in Japan have received COVID-19 vaccinations so far See in context

Slow? Yes, but momentum is growing. Data is key. :) (source for data below is ourworldindata.org)

The month of May Japan administered 7.4M doses. 4M of those were in the last week of the month. If they average 500-600K shots daily from June-August that will be approximately 40M doses (assuming they don't run over the weekend which is what the data indicates). If they can up that to 1M daily they could exceed 75-80M doses by the end of August.

Cases in the US started plummeting in mid-January when only 5% of people had their first shot. Same in the UK. However, they both had more overall cases per capita which also contributes to immunities.

I have been very critical of the delay in process and rightfully so but this is finally good news and crying over spilled milk does nothing. Get ready to get your shot so we can ditch the masks and get back to normal like the rest of the advanced nations. We should be in good shape pretty soon.

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Posted in: COVID vaccines to be available to all under 65 in Japan at same time See in context

Honestly this makes the most sense. If they can deploy the vaccines into the local municipalities and even allow companies to administer on site the rates will greatly increase. Most if not all employers with over 100 employees have a contract with a doctor and nurse to do on site health screens and even have a room(s) for simple exams and consultations. ie. the infrastructure exists.

Based on ourworldindata.org Japan has administered 11.2M doses

If you look at the daily numbers Japan is averaging 500,000 country wide per day. This is up considerably over the past 30 days. If they get the free market involved and get the government out of the way this will go up considerably we could be in good shape within months. If they continue to micromanage this it will be business as usual.

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Posted in: White House reaffirms support for Tokyo Olympics See in context

Should have known better than Biden to have a spine. He only believes the science when its convenient and when its popular.

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