Rosalind Harris comments

Posted in: Head of medical body says nationwide state of emergency an option See in context

I wish they would at least put some kind of restrictions on domestic travel (even though I know they can only 'urge' people to do things). The amount of people telling me about their travels during winter vacation is really off-putting. One good thing about the nation-wide SoE before is that it at least made some people take COVID19 more seriously.

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Posted in: COVID-19 antibodies remain in human body for 6 months: study See in context

I'm just hoping that I have antibodies from when I had covid in August, and that they last until getting a vaccine next year.

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Posted in: Less contact, short trips: Tokyo Olympics organizers set out rules See in context

'Quarantine requirements will be waived for overseas spectators, who will also be able to use public transport'

So I guess I can look forward to just staying home to try and avoid idiots spreading the virus everywhere well into next year? ...Great.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 561 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,678 See in context

The positive cases are down nine from yesterday, but the number of tests is down over 2000.

That doesn't seem like positive news.

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Posted in: Gov't aims to abolish income cap on subsidies for fertility treatment See in context

I'm sure there's a snowballs chance in hell because of the declining birth rate, but I wish contraception and sterilisation were covered by public health too. Some of us cannot have children for medical reasons, and it's ridiculous that to completely prevent it, you have to pay thousands of dollars.

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Posted in: Sapporo residents asked to refrain from non-essential outings See in context

Meanwhile an acquaintance just told me she spent ¥100,000 on 'Go to Eat' coupons. :| Just stay home people.

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Posted in: Hokkaido confirms 200 daily coronavirus cases for 1st time See in context

...I just wish people from other prefectures would stop coming here, and people from Sapporo would stop frolicking all over the rest of Hokkaido.

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Posted in: Could PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X be swansong for consoles? See in context

They say the same thing with every new console generation, so probably not.

Also Google's Stadia was a massive flop, so I don't think cloud gaming services are going to take over in the near future. Many places also don't have the infrastructure to support it.

There's a reason most people I know are buying the consoles with disc drives.

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Posted in: Subway bad manners See in context

It's cute. Pre-corona I always did number 3 though. I apologise for not owning a car. Ha.

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Posted in: No. of new coronavirus cases in Tokyo falls to 95 See in context

@Tobias J Gibson

You're very lucky. It seems to vary wildly by area. I've been sick and was recommended to isolate at home because I had 'strong symptoms resembling COVID-19'. But they are, as a rule, not testing here unless you have confirmed contact with a positive case. So basically the only people who've been able to get tested are those who were visited by relatives, returned to their home prefecture, felt sick, and tested positive, then notified their relatives living here.

They've only collected samples from 478 people for PCR testing. Since February. It's disgraceful.

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Posted in: Medical staff, elderly should get COVID vaccination first: task force See in context

Though knowing the J-Gov, the fact that I have multiple chronic illnesses on my medical record, and am prescribed a lot of medication for those won't count as proof as underlying medical condition, and I will have to fill out a paper form, stamp it with my hanko, and either fax or post it somewhere...

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Posted in: Japan's re-entry ban to contain virus unfair, Western business lobbies say See in context

Australia is letting citizens, residents and long-term visa holders return to Australia, but not letting anyone leave the country without special permission. This is sensible.

Letting Japanese citizens go on overseas vacations during a global pandemic is ridiculous. Especially when Japan's testing and quarantine is so lax compared to other countries.

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Posted in: Schools restart across Japan after short summer vacation See in context

I feel bad for the kids going back to school here. The heat index has been in the 'danger' zone because it's been about 90% humidity (even if we 'only' reach 30), and no schools here have fans or aircon.

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Posted in: Hamamatsu logs record-tying temperature of 41.1 C See in context

I feel like a lot of foreigners don't understand that the Northern part of Australia has the wet season in summer. Summer is also incredibly humid at home. I think many people don't understand that Australia is huge and has many different climates. The amount of people here that tell me 'at least Australia has dry heat' when my home town is in the tropics is too damn high.

I do think the same temperatures or lower feel hotter here though, due to more people, more buildings, less aircon, and more badly designed homes with no insulation. But Japan is not the only country with humid summers.

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Posted in: Should encouraging someone to commit suicide be a crime? See in context

Intentionally driving someone to suicide should be considered manslaughter and illegal.

Voluntary assisted dying should be legal.

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Posted in: New Zealand's COVID-19 outbreak grows, as Australian cases ease See in context

"in two of its largest states, New South Wales and Victoria" I think it should be 'most populous'. NSW and VIC are two of the smallest states in Australia.

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Posted in: Sports teams see virus clusters as cases in Tokyo, Osaka remain high See in context

This was obviously going to happen when they restarted sports clubs, especially as many sports clubs aren't requiring masks. ...Not to mention school kids seem to not care at all and seem to usually not wear masks, be really close to each other, and talking loudly into each other's faces. :/ (Of course I was like this as a teenager too, but... Now isn't really the time.)

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Posted in: Delivery Hero seeks to challenge Uber Eats in Japan See in context

Well, if they could service Hakodate, that would be nice. We don't even have regular Uber, let alone Uber Eats here.

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Posted in: Japan sees fewer COVID-19 hospital deaths than other nations: study See in context

Do they have stats for those admitted to ICU due to COVID19 in Japan? I just read an article last week saying that Australia has the lowest mortality rate. 85% of people admitted to Australian ICUs survive COVID, compared to 30% in the US. Would love to know how Japan compares.

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Posted in: Disney's 'Mulan' to skip big screen with September streaming launch See in context

I don't see why anyone would pay more than the cost of a movie ticket to stream a movie? I was already not interested because of the songs being cut, and thought I might bother to what it once it was included at no extra cost in a streaming service.

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Posted in: Gov't will not ask people to forgo summer travel due to virus, Suga says See in context

Politicians seem to be stupid, no matter where you are in the world.

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Posted in: Helpful tips See in context

I have a vague memory of this image being shown when they were trying to allay fears of heat stroke at the Olympics. ...I guess they just released the poster, even when there are no Olympics?

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Posted in: Japanese government to urge more teleworking as coronavirus cases surge See in context

Unfortunately my company doesn't want to let people telework or have social distancing because "The State of Emergency is over!"

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Posted in: Why have no COVID-19 clusters occurred in pachinko parlors? See in context

Because people at the pachinko parlour are already dead. Ha.

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Posted in: Social distancing - surf style See in context

I guess I was lucky growing up in a small city in Australia. Sharing a beach with hundreds of other people looks terrible.

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Posted in: Downloads of Japan's COVID-19 tracing app slow to 7.7 mil See in context

Well, they aren't testing anyone in my city, so no one would get a positive test result to add to the app. Totally pointless. I've just been washing my hands every hour, wearing a mask, checking my temperature, and staying as far away from others as possible.

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Posted in: Supreme Court rejects appeal by 'vagina kayak' artist over obscenity See in context

Her whole purpose as an artist is to showcase the the vagina and vulva isn't obscene, and that it's ridiculous for Japanese society to view it as such. The government proved her point.

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Posted in: Gov't to exclude trips by Tokyo residents from Go To campaign See in context

I think they should just sell tickets for transport, accommodation and activities now, and allow people to use them later. But banning Tokyo is at least better than nothing...

It does seem kind of too late though. I live in a tourist city (Hakodate), and many shops and restaurants have already closed down. So unless people want to rent an empty shop, not sure how they can help.

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Posted in: Competition between streaming services heats up in Japan See in context

My TV is basically just a monitor for games consoles. I haven't watched live TV in years (because Japanese TV is just awful). I mostly watch Netflix, and occasionally an exclusive show on Amazon Prime, because for whatever reason it keeps giving me free trials. Prime's UI is terrible though, and doesn't encourage me to give them money.

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Posted in: Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19, Koike says See in context

Even if the situation is under control in Japan by that time next year, if it's continuing as it is right now in countries like the US, I don't think bring in people from overseas would be a great idea.

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