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D&D and the rising pandemic

Sure, it's a stupid way to die: Taking a medicine that doesn't help until your heart is killed by it.
But, also, it could hurt other people who need that medication and no longer have access to it after the POTUS tells people to take it.
 

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Zardnaar

Legend
Sure, it's a stupid way to die: Taking a medicine that doesn't help until your heart is killed by it.
But, also, it could hurt other people who need that medication and no longer have access to it after the POTUS tells people to take it.
Point. IDK how things work exactly but here they're rationing stuff like that and doctors are prescribing ad needed not as wanted which is less of an option.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
How does anyone think they can get away with something like that?
Depends upon what you think "get away with it" means.

Remember that job one is to get the support of folks who really want to believe the narrative you're putting out. They do not think critically about the graph. Such folks don't look at the dates. And by the time they are done looking at it, their mind is already set, and later truth doesn't generally move it. Confirmation bias is a thing.

The fact that they get called out by opponents later? Irrelevant! Opponents are lying!
 



Imaculata

Adventurer
While Corona contaminations and deaths were on the decline in Germany, there has been a slight increase in the last few days of both.

Meanwhile the Netherlands are slowly easing the corona rules in light of steep declines. I just hope they are not doing this too early.
 

Hussar

Legend
Interesting article about Japan's response. Even though Japan's death rates and infection rates have been as good or better than pretty much anywhere else, there's still this sense that the government dropped the ball.

On the other hand, Japan’s response has been regarded with suspicion bordering on contempt, with the country’s low death rate – comparable to other successful countries – viewed as a “mystery” at best, or in some cases as evidence of an outright conspiracy.


This isn’t just the case in the international media. Opinion polling suggests that Japan’s own citizens don’t rate their government’s response to the virus highly. As the University of Toronto’s Philip Lipscy points out, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s approval rating has actually declined during the pandemic, a distinction he shares with only Brazil’s far right president Jair Bolsonaro. An online survey by Singapore’s Blackbox Research and France’s Toluna, meanwhile, showed that Japan’s response to the pandemic was rated the worst in the world by its own citizens – even worse than that in the United States.

Like I've been saying all along, everyone seems to be baffled as to why we aren't knee deep in corpses. We didn't lock down, we barely slowed down really. Companies have stayed open. The trains and public transit never even wobbled. But, according to the numbers, we've come out of this relatively well. Certainly comparitively well. I mean, according to the stats I've seen, we've had less than 800 deaths. In a country of 120 million, that's pretty damn good.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
One thing I can think of: Japanese people have a history of being a LOT more likely to wear a mask if sick with a respiratory ailment, unasked. That societal habit may have acted like a big ol’ dam for Covid-19.

Here’s a quote from a 2015 article regardkng mask wearing:
As Nippon.com explains, Japan’s mask culture started in 1918 during a Spanish flu pandemic, which killed between 257,000 and 481,000 people in Japan. Since then, sales have increased year by year. Now, the country mask companies churn out billions and billions of masks annually.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Japan's a lot more coherent culturally and isn't a tourist hotspot. Easier to get people on board.

Dumb luck with fewer vectors in Oceania it seems and Japan's in a similar boat to NZ, Aussie etc.

Lack of testing might also mean the official numbers are low.
 



Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
It’s like the leadership in the South is having a “gaslighting the people” competition. Florida tries to block coroners from releasing their info, then Georgia manipulates its trend charts to show a fake continuous decline.

”HOLD MY BEER!“ says Florida.

At this rate, MississippI, Texas and Louisiana are going to something very impressive to get a good score from the Russian judge to stay competitive.
 

Hussar

Legend
Japan's a lot more coherent culturally and isn't a tourist hotspot. Easier to get people on board.

Dumb luck with fewer vectors in Oceania it seems and Japan's in a similar boat to NZ, Aussie etc.

Lack of testing might also mean the official numbers are low.
Well, the tourist hotspot thing isn'T really true anymore. Record setting Chinese tourists arriving yearly.
 


Istbor

Dances with Gnolls
Personally, Japan has been on my shortening list of countries I want to visit but still haven’t.
Yeah I have to agree. I would love to come tour Japan.

Also... Why am I not more surprised by this little snippet from the Fox News article?

While Cavuto was issuing a dire warning to Fox News viewers about the drug, Fox News host Laura Ingraham has continued to promote the drug as a potential “game-changer” nightly, even as her other colleagues quietly stopped touting hydroxychloroquine in late April after several studies laid doubt as to its efficacy.

Maybe I thought they were more of a focused team? That such an odd contradiction would even exist. I mean... a drug that could potentially kill or produce more health complications is certainly a 'game-changer'.
 


Azzy

Cyclone Ranger
Yeah I have to agree. I would love to come tour Japan.

Also... Why am I not more surprised by this little snippet from the Fox News article?

While Cavuto was issuing a dire warning to Fox News viewers about the drug, Fox News host Laura Ingraham has continued to promote the drug as a potential “game-changer” nightly, even as her other colleagues quietly stopped touting hydroxychloroquine in late April after several studies laid doubt as to its efficacy.

Maybe I thought they were more of a focused team? That such an odd contradiction would even exist. I mean... a drug that could potentially kill or produce more health complications is certainly a 'game-changer'.
Maybe she has financial stakes in the drug company.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Less fans if orange Cheetos in November is good right?
Mod Note:
Suggesting that it would be a good thing if followers of a political candidate would get sick and die is not acceptable. Aside from the politics aspect, hoping people sicken and die is callous and hateful.

Let's not see anyone do that again in this thread. I hope that's clear.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
That's what happens when you elect a corrupt, incompetent, unethical bootlicker.
Mod Note:

I have given goodness knows how many warnings about politics. Your being removed from this discussion should come as no surprise at this point.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Yeah I have to agree. I would love to come tour Japan.

Also... Why am I not more surprised by this little snippet from the Fox News article?

While Cavuto was issuing a dire warning to Fox News viewers about the drug, Fox News host Laura Ingraham has continued to promote the drug as a potential “game-changer” nightly, even as her other colleagues quietly stopped touting hydroxychloroquine in late April after several studies laid doubt as to its efficacy.

Maybe I thought they were more of a focused team? That such an odd contradiction would even exist. I mean... a drug that could potentially kill or produce more health complications is certainly a 'game-changer'.
Fox has- from its inception- had an interesting mix of actual journalists and pure opinion commentators...leaning heavily towards the latter.
 

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