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Posted in: UK hits vaccine target; Johnson warns of more virus deaths See in context

Even the government now says the death rate is 23% lower so maybe he means more people will die 'on paper':

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/13/quarter-covid-deaths-not-caused-virus/?WT.mc_id=tmgliveapp_iosshare_Aw8wF5XHyjX1

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Posted in: We need to create guidelines to prevent discrimination against people who can't be vaccinated against COVID-19 because of allergies or other reasons. See in context

That makes no difference, it is already scientifically proved to be safer than not being vaccinated, you not believing it so has no importance whatsoever.

Pfizer for one disagrees

We will track participants in our phase 3 clinical trial for the next two years following their second dose, in order to document the long-term effectiveness and safety of the vaccine.

https://www.pfizer.com/news/hot-topics/the_facts_about_pfizer_and_biontech_s_covid_19_vaccine

That's why it shouldn't be mandatory and nobody should be discriminated against for not having any of them because they're all still going through the same tests...

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Posted in: We are seeing more cases of late-stage cancers than usual, possibly due to a decline in screenings. People should go to the hospital without hesitation if they have any symptoms, and also undergo regular examinations. See in context

That's what happens when you scare everyone witless about going near a hospital, same thing has happened in the UK:

https://architectsforsocialhousing.co.uk/2021/01/27/lies-damned-lies-and-statistics-manufacturing-the-crisis/

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

In the meantime look after your health in general, don't think this is a silver bullet that'll make up for your conbini dinners and lack of sleep from watching Netflix all night

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Posted in: Pubs, hairdressers set to reopen as UK eases virus lockdown See in context

There was never any good evidence for pubs to be closed in the first place:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8822865/Business-minister-defends-dodgy-data-showing-30-Covid-patients-catch-disease-pubs.html

Now they're taking the government to court and the judge has ordered their case be expedited even:

https://www.rt.com/uk/520300-uk-hospitality-court-appeal-covid/

Hopefully the nonsensical rules will go soon

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Posted in: Retiring in Japan: What’s the best strategy? See in context

You need to save up about ¥500,000 a year until you retire to get ¥20mln...

If you're on minimum wage I'm not sure that's possible but jobs that pay ¥300,000 a month or more then yeah it's doable

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Posted in: Most kids with serious inflammatory illness had mild COVID See in context

most ‘’respond very well to treatment and the vast majority get completely better.’’

Okay, so as tiny fraction of kids get infected with covid and an even smaller proportion get this thing which is treatable with basic medicines.

So good news, it's rare and treatable

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Posted in: Osaka declares COVID medical emergency with 878 new cases See in context

How many of you actually live in Osaka or even know any people here? I do and everyone I know thinks it's it's overblown. They can see barely anybody is dying from it so none of the universities or schools are going to close.

Stop panicking, most people are testing positive with the snuffles. You don't have to go out if you don't want to

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Posted in: Gov't fears COVID-19 variants are behind possible 4th wave See in context

There hasn't been more than 6 people die a day in Osaka since mid-February. This wave is therefore either a pseudoepidemic or a very mild variant:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/special/coronavirus/data/pref/osaka.html

Notice how the media aren't mentioning that it's not that deadly, more fear-mongering

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Posted in: UK eyes testing COVID-19 passports at mass gatherings See in context

The backlash to this has been huge and the government looks like it will climb down...

Carry on making noise and demonstrating though!

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

I trust the data the doctors are using rather than newspapers:

https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n393/rr-4?s=08

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Posted in: Vaccine passports are latest flash point in COVID politics See in context

This virus has a 99.95+% survival rate for people under 70, just like the flu, so these 'vaccine passports' are just coercion to get one to line the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies. We never did this with flu and even the UK's scientific top advisor has said we need to treat it as such:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/01/no-lockdowns-britain-will-treat-coronavirus-like-flu-says/

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Posted in: Nurseries, kindergartens mull how to teach issues of gender identity See in context

Maybe this is actually Munchausen by proxy. Japanese people really need to proactively head off this nonsense and that trans activist should stop telling parents what to think.

Seriously, start talking to Japanese people now about this unscientific dangerous ideology before children get hurt

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Posted in: Suga rocked by virus rebound in Osaka, forced to call tougher steps See in context

I want to know more about these 'cases' in Osaka

There is a testing point in JR Osaka station where you take a kit home and submit the results. This is not a particularly sound method of assessing epidemic spread

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Posted in: Killer T cells boost immunity to coronavirus variants: study See in context

Imagine that, we've just discovered humans have their own immune system that naturally works against the coronavirus

Oh sorry actually we knew all of this based on accepted science: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32758887/

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Posted in: 13 lawmakers dine at PM's office building amid pandemic See in context

They know this is all nonsense

If us plebs can't see the obvious we can't be helped

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Posted in: Restaurants, hotels in Osaka, Hyogo and Miyagi prefectures disappointed at stricter COVID-19 steps See in context

Still waiting on the government to provide a scientific basis for this: https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Coronavirus/Restaurant-chain-sues-Tokyo-government-over-COVID-hour-curbs/

You can't just keep whacking something without checking it's actually the best thing to do

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Posted in: Japan to get first batches of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from U.S. See in context

The vaccines are not even experimental since the phase III finished

Fact check: completely false.

Estimated Study Completion Date: February 14, 2023

Source: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04516746

Weird how vaxx fanatics aren't considered as much of a problem as the 'anti vaxxers' who are usually more informed

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Posted in: Gov't designates Osaka, Hyogo, Miyagi prefectures for stronger anti-virus measures See in context

Look, if you're old stay inside if you're scared

Otherwise if you're young and healthy don't cower inside and waste your life away

Viruses are a fact of life and we'll never get rid of them, sorry to say

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Posted in: Amazon to bring workers back to offices by fall See in context

My university is starting back on campus next week, can't wait because doing everything on zoom is terrible. Some people want to carry on teaching online because they have health problems but others have an exaggerated fear of the coronavirus even though they're healthy.

We can't cower inside for the rest of our lives as some want to do even with a vaccine

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Posted in: Osaka governor requests stronger anti-virus steps amid resurgence See in context

Again just cases though, last time I checked only 4 people died yesterday and 41% ICU capacity is still much lower than before.

If anything, the SoE just delayed the inevitable and possibly made it worse by making everyone's immune system weaker. Also it's warmer now so people are just going to go out now like they have been for the past few months. Amazing how many people on here will call Japanese people sheep then get angry when they don't panic like westerners and have a sensible perspective on the relative level of risk

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Posted in: Some medical experts unconvinced about holding Tokyo Olympics See in context

Some medical experts

What proportion is 'some'? If it's only some of them, that must mean others don't think it's a problem? Why is the media not trying to find out whether there is a range of scientific opinions?

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Posted in: Restaurant operator slams 'hypocrisy' of health ministry officials See in context

You don't like how the media treats the pandemic? go directly to the opinion of the experts, in this case they will tell you the same.

Yes, 'the science' is starting to be followed again after a suspension of its conventional workings... Recommended listening for the failure of the wider scientific community over the last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOHon6UjXLM

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Posted in: Taste and smell gone forever? The anguish of COVID survivors See in context

Most COVID-19 sufferers who lose the ability to taste or smell recover

But 10 to 15 percent lose the senses for months, said Parma

So luckily it's a minority (total population who get infected) of a minority (those who lose their sense of smell) of a minority (those who lose it for months).

Wonder what the total % of the population it is

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Posted in: New ‘2-on-1’ style online lessons look to turn 'eikawa' business on its head See in context

This is just to entertain the student and take the pressure off them to do anything that would actually help them learn

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Posted in: UK eases lockdown but nervously eyes European virus surge See in context

The UK has had the highest uptake of the vaccine in the world, there's no excuse not to open up...

Unless the vaccines don't work

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Posted in: Vaccination passport apps could help society reopen but first they have to be secure See in context

They'll never be secure

They're also unnecessary, for example the UK pub industry is against them as they're just hassle: https://m.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/vaccine-passports-pubs-landlords-boris-johnson_uk_605c7909c5b6531eed02511a

Have a jab if you want it and just get on with life instead of being scared of the flu. Here's a risk calculator so you don't get sucked in by the media fear-mongering: https://www.qcovid.org/Home/AcademicLicence?licencedUrl=%2FCalculation

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Posted in: Osaka reports more new coronavirus cases than Tokyo; nationwide tally 1,785 See in context

I wonder why when Texas and Florida as well as other places aren't having this problem

I remember a talk with an epidemiologist explaining that lockdowns are really just a protracted 'let it rip' approach so the Japanese government has really just delayed the inevitable and not focused protections properly to overcome it the best way possible

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Posted in: From April, all price tags in Japan must reflect final cost with sales tax included See in context

I wonder if they can continue to display the price without tax alongside it

That might be confusing though

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