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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

Enjoy life especially now it’s GW.

Yup. Especially since Osaka has run out of ICU space and is cancelling all operations.

Great idea.

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Posted in: Contagious and concerning: What we know about COVID-19 variants See in context

From the very doctors you link...

Marik and Kory say they're frustrated that their work is now being championed by the political right, and that it's become politicized at all. The group has had to distinguish itself from America's Frontline Doctors, which gained notoriety for its pro-hydroxychloroquine, anti-lockdown rhetoric last summer.

"This is not a political issue and it should never be," Marik said. "We are driven by the science and the data, not by politics or anything else."

"It angers me, when I hear that it's a conspiracy, that this virus doesn't exist, that there aren't that many deaths," he added. "You have to come to the ICU and see that people are dying to realize this is no hoax, this is real."

Marik finds it particularly disappointing that his work has been misinterpreted as potentially undermining vaccination.

"That's complete nonsense," he said. "I was vaccinated yesterday and I believe this is a bridge to vaccination," noting that slow vaccine roll-outs, vaccine hesitancy, and vaccine quality will likely mean the world will be dealing with COVID-19 for a long time to come.

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Posted in: Golden Week travel begins despite pleas from governors to stay home See in context

Somebody said to me the other day that this virus is very intelligent the way it spreads and mutates.

I said, the virus has no intelligence. It is the stupidity of it's human hosts, either innefective politicians or irresponsible people, that allow it to spread and mutate.

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Posted in: Asthma drug budesonide speeds recovery for at-home COVID-19 patients See in context

@wobot

Ivermectin is one of the set used by the anti-vax brigade.

Ivermectin, vitamin C, Zinc. Self medicate - hooray I'm cured.

India is hardly a good example of Covid control.

Even its maker, a "big pharma" company, says don't use it for Covid.

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Posted in: Suga to declare state of emergency in Osaka; no decision on Tokyo See in context

The US - with a much higher proportion of obesity than Japan - has the SAME case fatality rate as Japan - 1.8%. Your theory is WRONG amd made up. Just like other people on here who keep posting that 99.99% of all those infected will recover.

New Zealand has an obesity rate of 30% and a case death rate if 1%. Why? Because they followed the science and locked down. Now they can enjoy the weather and cafes without sticking their heads in the sand and endangering others.

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Posted in: Suga to declare state of emergency in Osaka; no decision on Tokyo See in context

The latest news on Japanese sites says they are declaring SOE in Tokyo, Osaka and Hyogo.

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Posted in: Out and about in Osaka See in context

Look, they're even wearing masks anyway so don't kick up a fuss and scream about pointless lockdowns (latest research I've seen: https://academic.oup.com/cesifo/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cesifo/ifab003/6199605)

Did you read it or just cherry pick it because it supports your narrative?

Most research shows that lockdowns work, but like most things it is not a simple case of black and white.

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Posted in: Japanese hospital worker infected with coronavirus after 2 vaccine shots See in context

Unfortunately it doesn't stops spreading the virus. We just have to learn to live with it and be responsible!

You are right about being responsible, but wrong about virus spread. Initial data from studies in Israel and the UK show that the vaccines reduce viral load and therefore the spread of the virus. The reports show an 86-89% drop in asymptomatic infections for vaccinated people compared to an unvaccinated group.

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Posted in: Japan starts COVID-19 vaccinations for elderly See in context

We all know Japan. It takes time to get things going, but once it is in the hands of the medical professionals and out of the hands of the politicians it will speed up.

The same thing happened in the UK.

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Posted in: What COVID-19 vaccine side effects might you expect? See in context

It all comes down to this: By getting vaccinated, you protect yourself, your loved ones and your community from a highly transmissible and deadly disease. It may cost you a few days of feeling sick.

That's all that really needs to be said.

I have faced death four times in the last ten years.

The only thing that scares me be being responsible for somebody else's death.

That's what it comes down to. Responsibility to others.

Don't take the vaccine if it scares you, but if you really are that selfish then society owes you nothing in return.

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Posted in: Japan getting more Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to immunize elderly faster See in context

@wipeout

It's no good wasting your time trying to convince anti-vaxxers. Even with all the data from countries such as Israel and the UK, they would still rather believe random Facebook posts. Luckily they are just a vocal minority, screaming theirs fears on the internet. The rest of us grown ups know the score.

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Posted in: Japanese karate champion testifies she was bullied by official See in context

The old joke proves true again.

What has an IQ of 200?

200 sports coaches.

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Posted in: BTS condemns anti-Asian racism; say they've experienced it See in context

@penfold

Its an inconvenient truth but most violence towards Asians is actually perpetrated by African American men in the USA

Actually? Or just in your fantasy world?

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Posted in: Elderly Japanese residents of Britain impressed by efficient vaccine rollout See in context

The UK's vaccine rollout is thanks to the professionalism of the NHS, not central government or Brexit.

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Posted in: M6.9 quake hits northeastern Japan See in context

@Hello Kitty 321

Just saying what?

That is normal background radiation.

And if you mean the 2011 quake, it did not crack the containment vessel. The tsunami knocked out power to the cooling and the reactor went into meltdown. The buildings and reactor s survived the shaking.

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Posted in: M6.9 quake hits northeastern Japan See in context

*That should be Tokai section

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Posted in: M6.9 quake hits northeastern Japan See in context

There is no such thing as an earthquake season. They can happen at any time. The best you can do is be prepared.

The next big one will most likely be on the Nankai trough. If we are lucky it will just be the Yokai section, but the whole trough could go. Then there is the Sagami trough off Kanagawa that cause the Great Kanto quake. Then there are hundreds of smaller faults all over Japan.

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Posted in: M6.9 quake hits northeastern Japan See in context

@bobcatfish

You are a bit late with your linguistic protest. Tsunami was first used in English over 100 years ago, and has been the scientific word for waves caused by water displacement for many years.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 300 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,134 See in context

I am currently in hospital for something non-covid related. I have been talking to the doctors and nurses about the situation. This is a large city hospital, but it doesn't accept Covid patients. The neighbouring city has the main Covid wards. Every patient has to have a PCR test before being hospitalised. Plus the staff have them on a weekly basis. I wonder if these tests are included in the figures.

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Posted in: School lunch noodles fried so hard that children and teachers chip teeth See in context

In Japanese schools, and hospitals for that matter, a nutritionist makes the menus, not a cook. So the meals aren't the greatest tasting, but they probably helped to make Japan the only developed nation with a childhood obesity rate under 5% (3.3%). The USA stands at over 18%.

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Posted in: Vaccination passport for traveling: What's your stance? See in context

Most definitely there should be vaccination certificates, but controlled by the government not by the airlines.

Also, anyone caught attempting to fraud the system should have their passport or visa revoked.

You can';t force anyone to take the vaccines, but people taking them are doing it for everyone else.

Society owes nothing to the cowards who fear a simple jab.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 178 coronavirus cases; below 200 for 1st time since Nov 24 See in context

I think the media is to blame for a lot of the panic that has been created.

The US hit 500,000 Covid deaths today.

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Posted in: Virus may never go away but could change into mild annoyance See in context

Maybe not all, but a vast majority do. It's nothing to do with fear mongering. The science is there if you take the time to read it.

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Posted in: Virus may never go away but could change into mild annoyance See in context

@virusrex

What do you think the significance of the combined UK and Californian variants found in the US is? Initial data from the Pfizer vaccine is that it limits infection as well as stopping serious disease. Could it be a setback, or are the new vaccines much easier to modify than previous ones?

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Posted in: Japan approves Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine See in context

I hope there will be punitive measures for people who refuse the vaccine without a valid medical reason.

Maybe some kind of tax break for those vaccinated. We are taking the vaccine not for ourselves but for the rest of society - protecting those who cannot have it because of health reasons. Of course we cannot force them to take vaccines, but If people refuse to do it for society, then society doesn't owe them anything in return. They will be the sources of outbreaks and variants in the future. Travel restrictions will be one definite measure. I would also like to see admittance to large events restricted along with employment.

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Posted in: Japan's coronavirus death toll tops 5,000 See in context

I know more than a few with the virus but it is NOT so dangerous for most.

So far...

The whole point of stopping infection is to stop the virus mutating into something more dangerous, and to protect the vulnerable.

I guess your attitude would be different if it was your age range that was worst affected.

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Posted in: Japan finds COVID-19 variant in 3 people with no record of travel to UK See in context

A Japanese friend working for Shizuoka prefecture told me that several of the previous cases recorded here, several were from South American and Filipino residents ignoring quarantine at the airport. Shizuoka has a large Latin American population. I don't know about these latest three with the new strain.

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Posted in: UK hits daily virus record; gov't urged to keep schools closed See in context

@bob -You might want to check in with NHS's real data.

Quote "Note for 2020-21 data

Hospital capacity has had to be organised in new ways as a result of the pandemic to treat Covid and non-Covid patients separately and safely in meeting the enhanced Infection Prevention Control measures. This results in beds and staff being deployed differently from in previous years in both emergency and elective settings within the hospital. As a result caution should be exercised in comparing overall occupancy rates between this year and previous years. In general hospitals will experience capacity pressures at lower overall occupancy rates than would previously have been the case."

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/bed-availability-and-occupancy/

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Posted in: Veteran talk show host Larry King hospitalized with COVID-19: report See in context

I love this guy’s style. But at his age for a week in the hospital with Covid is just like the flu, pneumonia, or any other body challenging issue.

Please don't push the Covid is just flu agenda by wrapping it up in concern for another person.

Most of us here are more intelligent than that.

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

Even safer and just as effective is supplementing with vitamin D.

If you have a healthy level of vitamin D, supplements mean nothing.

You can't super power you immune system with supplements.

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