^ The news about the young man (Japanese page).
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By the way, a young man in his twenties from Kyoto just died at home from pneumonia caused by COVID-19.
He had no underlying conditions and was in perfectly good health. Though he actually managed to get a PCR test and tested positive, there were no hospital beds available for him. So he was left to die at home.
I knew when I was sick that I would either survive it alone or die alone. I was fortunate enough to survive.
But for the past year, I have been sick with worry wondering how many others were and are silently suffering the way I did. And it makes me so angry thinking of the injustice and cruelty of how many young people will be left to try and survive on their own - and then if they do, end up with the long-hauler damage I'm also suffering.
Now it's happening, and yet nothing here is changing.
It's beyond horrific.
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Kanagawa seems to be hiding behind the shadows of Tokyo and below everyones
radar. The numbers for Kanagawa have been super low for a very long time, considering
the proximity to Tokyo and the fact that a lot of people work in Tokyo and leave in Kanagawa
it beggars believe that the numbers can be that low. Last time I checked tests there were
Well they're doing better than Chiba, then.
One of the biggest prefectures in all of Japan, is well-known for bringing the flu into Tokyo every winter season, and yet we've been doing about 700 tests a day here. Anyway, the doctors here told me from the beginning that Chiba was simply not testing.
I'll never forget that: "Your best bet is Tokyo."
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American sprinter Justin Gatlin, who is trying to reach his fourth Olympics, said he felt safe competing in Tokyo. Gatlin won the 100 meters final in 10.24 seconds.
"I felt beyond safe," he said. "I've been tested every day."
Oh wonderful! So that's where our already-limited testing has been going - towards the athletes that have come over, not the local people. I wonder if their daily tests are counted in the overall number of tests each day, too.
What? No, nooo....I'm not angry. Of course I'm not. /sarcasm
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Most disturbing is how for the past few days, they have refused to publicly post the number of tests conducted in these articles.
While I realize we can likely (though not without a bit of digging) find them on the official COVID website, you can't possibly tell me that this isn't intentional. I bet seeing the ongoing and shamefully low number of tests next to the new number of positive cases is so damning, they're hoping people won't bother checking and making it more difficult to do so.
This is actually unreal.
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By the way, anyone know the test numbers for the reported numbers in the article?
It's a bit ridiculous how they are not releasing them alongside the new case numbers anymore.
Again, the lack of transparency is transparent in and of itself...
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How can you know that?
Many of us have direct experience with the system and have been able to connect with others who experienced the same since the beginning of COVID-19. We haven't been shy about talking about our experiences in the comments, from what I've seen. People should know what it's like to get sick with COVID here during this time.
Gwylly shared an article with you, and on yesterday's article about the number of cases, someone else shared a few more of such articles, if you're curious.
At the end of the day, you have to expect that there is a high chance you will not be helped and will be left to survive on your own. Given how this thing tends to worsen very suddenly, regardless of age or former health of the person in question (though of course those with pre-existing conditions will have it even worse), the neglect of the medical care during this time is beyond frustrating. It feels like outright betrayal.
All for the sake of "keeping numbers low" and making it seem "less serious" for the Olympics.
That actually is unforgivable.
It also makes pulling 500 more nurses into the Olympics unreal, when there already would seem to not be enough to deal with even the current cases.
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Yeah and this case of the professor was worse in that he was judged by the phone operator to not have bad enough symptoms to warrant being referred to the official testing centre to get one of those gold plated PCR tests. So he was left to die.
A national enquiry should have ensured right then and there.
Indeed, it's downright criminal.
Maybe in my case one could argue I was refused because not as much was known about the virus as we know now. Even then, if you're claiming you're doing all you can to trace and contain, then it seems a pitiful excuse and an outright lie. But in the professor's case? We already knew there were far more symptoms than just the damned fever by that point, and yet he was left to die all the same - nothing has changed from the beginning.
Also "gold-plated PCR tests"....I love it!
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Ashley Shiba- are you saying people are dying from COVID at home because hospitals are refusing to treat them? That would be an utter disgrace. Though I cannot imagine a hospital would do that unless they run out of resources. That does not appear to be the case yet.
I believe that's what Ashley is trying to say.
When I was deathly ill with what was likely COVID-19, I was not only refused testing but repeatedly told to go home by all three hospitals I visited.
Even when I had to be taken by ambulance to the ER (I was in the ER twice over the course of a month) because I could barely walk or breathe, the doctors noted out loud how bad my condition was, but told me they couldn't test and/or admit me.
It's why even now I am extra careful, because I know the system has failed us, and it's very, very possible that you will not get the help you need if you get sick.
Look up the story of 高橋広夫 from Ishikawa-ken, as well. The poor man was only 42. He was left to die at home despite seeking help repeatedly, and they only found he was sick with COVID after he'd passed. His wife noted that if only they'd admitted him to the hospital, he could have been saved. I'm sure he's just one of many examples of those of us left to survive or die on our own without help or support.
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It is very shameful, Japan being considered a developed country, however, when it comes to medical treatment a third world country and I can say this from personal experience.
Hear, hear, Ashley!
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LOL, the JT posters only believe the numbers when they are going up, if they are going down, then the numbers are bogus.
Actually, it's mostly because with a virus of this nature, that kind of sudden drop a day later makes no sense, is illogical and unlikely, and is far more likely indicative of a severe lack of testing on that day more than anything else.
That, and most of us know after the endless "rinse and repeat" of this ridiculous process for the past year and a half, that too many foolish people will see that drop in numbers and suddenly believe in magic. "The half-hearted SOE worked and it's safe to go out and not bother social-distancing again. Yay! Let's celebrate at the bar!"
For those of us who have been careful to "gaman" from the beginning, it is exhausting and seemingly endless because of these magic-believers.
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Skipp.... you didn't think of going to a different hospital?
You sure are persistent.
I've already shared my story on here, so I don't want to bother doing it again.
February to March 2020, I went to three different hospitals over a course of fourteen visits.
I was in the ER twice during that time, taken by ambulance and so ill I was almost carried out by the emergency workers - two guys holding me up on either side to get to the ambulance.
So yes, I did think of going to a different hospital. No, they didn't/couldn't help.
I'm not going to keep indulging you after this. I'm sorry you're finding it so hard to believe. But maybe you should start doing so, because this is the reality for too many of those who get sick here. And however annoyed you're feeling about the thought, try actually living it. I guarantee it's a thousand times worse. Especially with a still-sick body and people like you who think it's all a joke.
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I didn't get a real diagnosis. I was told again and again, "Wow, you're really very sick." and "Basically, your whole body is sick!" Stupid, useless things like that. Many doctors even got angry at me because they didn't know what to do.
I'd unknowingly used the shop where one of the first cluster infections happened in Japan, and shortly after, I'd gotten sick. Considering how many other people use that shop, I bet many of us actually got infected, but we were told it was just "nine people", so nothing to worry about.
That's crap. There's simply no way so much of my body just randomly decided to get that sick all at once. It was very clear a PCR test would have been the wise decision - for all of us who got sick after using that place. Yet even with all those 'real symptoms' and the knowledge that I'd been in a shop where a cluster had broken out, I was turned away.
That's despicable. That's how testing is being done. Very selectively.
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Amen, thank you for sharing.
The group is called "Survivor Corps" on Facebook. It's a public group, so you don't even have to join to see what long-haulers are going through. And it's made up of people of all ages, including young people. This is why I often say I'm worried about what will happen to the Japanese people who end up as long haulers in this place where people don't even believe long-Covid is a real or serious problem.
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Only those with "real" symptoms can get a test and still over 90% are negative. Seems to me that they are testing plenty.
Actually, now you are the one spreading false information.
Most people with symptoms cannot get a test, unless they go for an overpriced private one which likely does not even count towards the official count.
I've already told my experience about what it was like getting sick here. I was very sick for over a month, and had a sudden severe worsening two weeks into the sickness. Here's my "real symptoms" : 38.2+ fever for over a week, severe digestive issues including abdominal distention, severe respiratory issues, severe chest pain, shortness of breath, nonstop coughing, and swollen organs in my lower torso that seemed to be burning up inside.
I was in the ER twice.
Went to a hospital fourteen times total.
Not once was I offered the PCR test. In fact, I was told quite clearly each time that I would not be getting one. And one doctor told me outright that my area of Japan (hint, right next to Tokyo and still not testing) is simply not doing PCR testing, and I might have better luck in Tokyo.
No, you don't just get a test, even when you're deathly ill. Stop gaslighting everyone here. Some of us know exactly how difficult it is to get a test.
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Thank you, that means a lot. I sure hope so!
By the way, if anyone's curious what the long-haulers are going through, there is a public group called "Survivor Corps" on Facebook, which was created explicitly to help the tons and tons of long-haulers out there. It's now appeared on Western television thanks to it being one of the first sources of long-haulers to find each other and help each other through, and has also contributed a great deal to the current research on long-haulers. You can see just a taste of what everyone's going through on a daily basis. It certainly paints a vivid picture of the reality - people of all ages, and many formerly healthy...
Warning, it's quite sad, though.
Take care and stay safe, all.
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Thanks for speaking up. I'm someone else with the long-term symptoms. In my twenties, perfectly good health, got sick, now over a year later still move and breathe like a sick elderly person. Severe digestive problems that don't seem to respond well to medicine. Inflammation all throughout the body even now. And yes, the neurological problems, such as brain fog. It's really like what I imagine dementia must feel like. You just can't remember anything. It's deeply depressing.
It's become my new "normal", but there isn't a single day I wonder what I could have done to avoid ending up like this. Long hauler survivors also have to be extra careful with the knowledge that this stupid thing damaged our bodies badly enough that if we catch any of these special variants going around, it likely will be deadly the second time around.
And remember, one-third of survivors become long-haulers.
Like @Zoroto said, I think we should just ignore these naysayers. The truth is, they're busy living in their delusions because deep down they're afraid - both of the reality of this virus and of losing their freedom. Better to be afraid and realistic, than afraid and foolish, though.
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Interesting...That page says 11,090 tests, but the other page posted by Kanta says 6,435 tests, which is what Japanese users on social media have also been referencing for today's announced new positives.
And the 6,435 tests is not from yesterday's count because that count was announced on as 1,941, including on TV.
I don't understand why the numbers are so different.
I do understand that it's intentionally made to be confusing, though.
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I couldn't agree more, sadly.
And I don't doubt they are banking on people being too lazy to look into the test numbers, or not being able to find them at all.
Kanta posted the link to where you're supposed to be able to see the accurate numbers, but look what's being reported:
新規陽性者711人 / 検査数6,435件
That's yesterday's new infections (711), which had a PCR test count of 1941 tests. Yet it's being paired together with the test numbers from today's new infections (which seems to be 6,435 tests).
Could they make it any more confusing intentionally?
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The new norm here - hiding the already abysmally low PCR test numbers (namely in Tokyo) to conceal the abysmally high infection rate in a place that has and continues to do nothing about containing the spread of the virus.
Do they think people are that stupid?
This blatant lack of transparency is transparent all on its own.
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@Vinke, @Derek Grebe
I noted above....the total number of tests was 1941.
So 711 cases out of 1941 tests, a positivity rate of 36.6%.
Japanese Twitter has been all over the shameful test numbers here in Tokyo, as well as how it "strangely" wasn't reported. It makes sense to me. I don't doubt they hoped people would not look into it. Almost 50% of the too few tests conducted coming back positive sure is incriminating for the place meant to safely hold the Olympics.
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711 new cases out of about 1900 tests. Indeed, almost 50% of Sunday's tests results were positives.
No surprise that they refused to announce the number of tests performed this time. Would ruin the image of Olympic perfection in Tokyo.
Meanwhile, Osaka did about 12,000 tests on the same day.
This behavior is getting beyond unbearable. There seems to be no logical thinking happening whatsoever among the leadership.
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I think you're confusing yourself here. It's really not that hard to understand.
The pandemic has brought out the worst in people. That's it.
You've got anti-Asian attacks in the US, comments all around the world about how this is a "foreigner disease" (especially here in Japan)...People show total lack of concern about the others around them because they mistakingly think this will never affect them. Not an ounce of compassion for those it does affect.
And instead of helping each other through this, too many selfishly go with the thinking of, "Well, everyone else will be social distancing, so I can go out and do as I please." Or the "it's just a cold/flu" crew, the anti-mask people and the conspiracy theorists who believe it's all a hoax.
For everyone else who has been trying their best both in their personal and professional lives to contain this thing and avoid spreading it, we're exhausted. The leadership isn't helping, so it's really self-service at this point. The ongoing selfishness of others makes it ten times worse.
Oh well, it is what it is.
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This doesn't only affect the obese. Stop spreading rumors. There are those of us who are young and were in perfectly good health before getting sick and who now live with bodies like those of sick elderly people even one year later. Considering one-third of survivors of COVID (including the mild cases) end up with these long-hauler symptoms, I'd say that's a pretty large amount of people to be adversely affected for the long-term by this virus.
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What a load of rubbish, people have lot their jobs, not seen family or friends, not been able to go to school ane given up so much in the last year. All to protect the sick and elderly,
You're sort of exactly who I'm referring to.
It's not just to protect just the sick and the elderly. What planet are you living on? Or do you rely on Japanese news only to learn about who this virus affects and how? All along it's been important to protect everyone. And the longer certain people keep pretending it's just a cold and they can go out and party, the longer we have to do this...Do you know how depressing it's been for those of us trying to do our best to social distance and stay responsible while still going to work or trying to find work, etc.? We keep trying our best to bring the numbers down, which means staying at home even when we want to visit our loved ones, while selfish idiots go out every night thinking they're the only people on the planet. That is lack of compassion. Impressive ignorance, at best.
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@Do the hustle
Couldn't agree more. Or if, like too many, they're told their symptoms aren't "severe enough" and they are then left to tough it out alone at home. Then it suddenly turns far worse, as this hell virus is apt to do, and they are left with the cruel knowledge that they need help but won't get it.
That's the hard and terrifying reality here. Quite a few of us have lived it and will never forget it. Horrid feeling falling through the cracks.
Also, there is an astounding lack of compassion during this entire pandemic, although that hasn't just been Japan. Humanity's showing it's ugliest sides.
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Even so, I have still never heard of Nature.com, and all of the articles I listed are not only from well-known, reliable web sources, but also cite studies of their own. So perhaps you might check those out before insisting that the one clearly limited study you share of "4,182 incident cases of COVID-19" is a reliable enough indication of the overall long-hauler Covid rate.
Also, as someone dealing with long-Covid right now, I find it rather despicable that out of your own fear of this potentially being the reality (newsflash, it is and it's not fun), you're wasting your time trying to convince everyone else that it's not likely to happen and can't possibly be true.
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Can't seem to post the URLs directly, so just highlight the titles and click the "Search the Web" option to find the corresponding article. But honestly, Google is your friend here.
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Here are far more reliable resources on the one-third stat than you've provided:
A Third of COVID Survivors Have Long-Haul Symptoms (webmd.com)
Almost a third of people with 'mild' Covid-19 still battle symptoms months later, study finds - CNN
Nearly One Third of Covid-19 Survivors Have Symptoms, Some Up To 9 Months Later, New Study Finds (forbes.com)
Studies show long-haul COVID-19 afflicts 1 in 4 COVID-19 patients, regardless of severity (ucdavis.edu)
The last website cites 1 in 4 survivors of COVID.
All of these are as recent as this year, and with a quick Google search of "one third of COVID-19 patients long hauler", you get the same stat. I have no idea what "nature.com" is or why you consider it a reliable source.
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Check out Long Covid. 1/3 of people who get COVID-19 end up with a long-hauler case.
Just because Japan wants to pretend like it's not a thing and this virus is "just a cold" doesn't mean that's the truth.
Some of us here are still "enjoying" the results of Long Covid, and even better...? If we try to get help at a hospital, we're told "it's all in your head". Amazing. They don't help you when you first get sick (starting with refusing to test you), and they don't do a damn thing when you're still suffering over a year later with chest pains, shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue, gastrointestinal distress, etc.
Like I said in a previous comment, it's amazing to me how they're willing to have an entire generation of young people with long-term illness for the sake an Olympics that will, if not be forgotten entirely in a few short years, turn into the disaster super-spreader it seems to be gearing up to be.
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