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Country by country coronavirus case trajectories graph – 29/03, 19:00 GMT

  1. Yoshinori Shiozawa
    March 31, 2020 at 3:52 am

    As comments to Japan, the authors put “civil obedience, mask wearing”. It is difficult to estimate the level of “civil obedience” and its effects to the coronavirus spread. It is true that majority of Japanese wear mask when they walk out, but its effect may not be as big as many Japanese believe it be. Much more influential fact would be the Japanese custom: They do not shake hands, hug, nor kiss in normal salutation. They only bow (often slightly). I have an impression that Chinese and Koreans shake hands more often than Japanese. Can someone analyze the effects of the difference of human contact and interactions?

    • Meta Capitalism
      April 1, 2020 at 11:06 am

      South Korea engaged in massive testing, even drive thru testing. That fact alone means their infection numbers will be higher. Japan has not engaged in massive testing let alone drive thru testing. So the infection numbers will not reveal the full extent of the population infected. It seems that is a pretty empirically reasonable analysis and one hears it regularly from epidemiologists. I have come down with the symptoms, but I am not being tested here in Japan. I am waiting to see if they meet the threshold (higher than South Korea) and then I might be tested. So, I find it questionable to assume the infection rate in Japan is accurately reflected in published numbers. If I do have Covid-19 and it turns out to be a mild self resolving case it would never show up in the data. There has been a certain denial here in Japan, which may prove a problem in the long run.

    • Craig
      April 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm

      Bowing is much more respectful, gracious and hence wise.

      • Meta Capitalism
        April 2, 2020 at 11:41 pm

        Social customs are not saving the Japanese. Their hospitals and medical system is about to collapse. Abe is as bad as Trump. He refuses to treat this as a national crisis like it is. Denial and incompetent leaders at the top will kill many in Japan as it is now killing many in the US.

  2. Meta Capitalism
    March 31, 2020 at 6:51 am

    Without comparable testing standards how can a comparison be accurately made with any real confidence?

  3. Edward Ross
    April 1, 2020 at 12:02 am

    I will try and answer Yoshinori Shiozawa because in my opinion it helps to explain in some countries such as New Zealand and Australia there is a number of people who refuse to acknowledge the importance of following the rules that are made in an endeavour to limit the spread of the virus. Firstley the Japanese culture has a terrific respect for each other. in some western countries particularly the people struggling to survive have little respect for those in authority because in their culture they believe that the elite are robbing them.

    Secondly as my dentist once explained to me the human face has a high concentration of sensory elements. That is why it is important in western culture to read peoples faces to understand peoples attitude.

    As for shaking hands and kissing.The Maori people in New Zealand have a tradition of greeting visitors by rubbing noses,, the purposes is to allow both parties spirits and their ancestors to mingle in a friendly fashion. Apparently the Inuit eskimos have a similar tradition
    When i was youngin NZ . to shake hands as a welcome or to seal an obligation was a demonstration of that commitment.In those days kissing in public was not common.As for kissing in some some circles these days it is not uncommon to see people greeting one another with the european kiss on the cheek .

    No doubt there are some who will say what is this ignorarmous on about ,if that happens my answer is from my understanding economics is about people.Therefore it is important to understand why some people are ignoring the rules, in order to limit the spread of the virus..

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