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I mean, it´s not entirely a bad idea ....
 

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Japan really just went: Ban all the people that ain't us!

I get it though. This new variant spreads quicker so they want to contain it and get rid of it asap... but all countries need to work together otherwise this new variant isn't going anywhere.
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Japan really just went: Ban all the people that ain't us!

I get it though. This new variant spreads quicker so they want to contain it and get rid of it asap... but all countries need to work together otherwise this new variant isn't going anywhere.
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they haven´t said they won´t share information or collaborate, they just closed their borders. I think it is wise considering that if people had done it in the beginning it might have helped a bit.
Japan has always been strict on foreign policy anyway, so it is not surprising.

Hopefully I´m not being too naïve about this :D.
 

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they haven´t said they won´t share information or collaborate, they just closed their borders. I think it is wise considering that if people had done it in the beginning it might have helped a bit.
Japan has always been strict on foreign policy anyway, so it is not surprising.

Hopefully I´m not being too naïve about this :D.
True. What I meant though is that Japan closing their borders won't do much long term as far as this new variant is concerned as it's spreading in multiple countries worldwide now. If it spreads too much (like the original COVID variant did to put the whole world in this mess) then once again this pandemic won't be contained/stopped anytime soon.

So what's Japan going to do then? Keep their borders closed to foreigners for what could be a year or more?
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And that's what I mean by all countries need to work together. It sounds ridiculous, but every border in the world needs to close to contain/stop this new variant, right? Otherwise, for example, when Japan reopens their border they could be re-introducing the new variant once again.
 
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True. What I meant though is that Japan closing their borders won't do much long term as far as this new variant is concerned as it's spreading in multiple countries worldwide now. If it spreads too much (like the original COVID variant did to put the whole world in this mess) then once again this pandemic won't be contained/stopped anytime soon.

So what's Japan going to do then? Keep their borders closed to foreigners for what could be a year or more?
:dubuthink:

And that's what I mean by all countries need to work together. It sounds ridiculous, but every border in the world needs to close to contain/stop this new variant, right? Otherwise, for example, when Japan reopens their border they could be re-introducing the new variant once again.
They are banning the foreigners to enter, not their own citizens. Also, I´m sure that ban will have some exceptions such as diplomats, doctors, people that permanently reside in Japan etc. I think it is wise to stop tourism for some time. After all, Japan is frequently visited. They just want to be stricter.

They haven´t said they won´t cooperate with others. I´m sure medical workers and scientists will update on their new discoveries and try to work with others as fast as they can. Even Japan must realise that tourism plays a big role in their economy.

But better safe than sorry! I´m sure we´ll all be just fine! After all, the new COVID version discovered in the UK is not more dangerous than the one before, so let´s hope this one isn´t either! It was more or less expectant to happen since the winter season brings many respiratory illnesses. The only thing that worries is .......... is the vaccination gonna cover all types? "heheh - nervous laughter"
 

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they always say there's a new strain, is it official finally? damn, what are the differences though so far (?)
on the flipside, with the current government's fixation on nationalism this might have negative repercussions politically oh boy. But that's for the long term, for now might as well at least try to take care of the new strain, i'm guessing they had already banned exits from the territory too hopefully.
 
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they always say there's a new strain, is it official finally? damn, what are the differences though so far
on the flipside, with the current government's fixation on nationalism this might have negative repercussions politically oh boy. But that's for the long term, for now might as well at least try to take care of the new strain, i'm guessing they had already banned exits from the territory too hopefully.
There have been multiple new strains, they form all the time. This strain seems to be more transmissible, and it's currently the dominant strain in the UK.
 
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They are banning the foreigners to enter, not their own citizens. Also, I´m sure that ban will have some exceptions such as diplomats, doctors, people that permanently reside in Japan etc. I think it is wise to stop tourism for some time. After all, Japan is frequently visited. They just want to be stricter.

They haven´t said they won´t cooperate with others. I´m sure medical workers and scientists will update on their new discoveries and try to work with others as fast as they can. Even Japan must realise that tourism plays a big role in their economy.

But better safe than sorry! I´m sure we´ll all be just fine! After all, the new COVID version discovered in the UK is not more dangerous than the one before, so let´s hope this one isn´t either! It was more or less expectant to happen since the winter season brings many respiratory illnesses. The only thing that worries is .......... is the vaccination gonna cover all types? "heheh - nervous laughter"
The new variant not being more dangerous is something we all need right now. Sure it spreads quicker which in itself won't help hospitals at all, but thankfully it's not more deadly. I don't think people would cope with that at all. I'm hoping no new variant ever becomes more deadly and that it stays like the flu; as in if it gets multiple variants all variants aren't really deadlier than the other.

The vaccines are expected to cover the new variant and other variants that may emerge. So that's great news, if it's true.
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There have been multiple new strains, they form all the time. This strain seems to be more transmissible, and it's currently the dominant strain in the UK.
hm but since i rarely see news regarding the new strains i assumed they disappeared pretty quickly, but if this one is prevalent in a country already it's a whole new story. Hm, what are the differences? why has it spread more than the more common strains? any idea?
 
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hm but since i rarely see news regarding the new strains i assumed they disappeared pretty quickly, but if this one is prevalent in a country already it's a whole new story. Hm, what are the differences? why has it spread more than the more common strains? any idea?
New strains usually die quickly yes. This one is definitely different. Iirc it has a different outer structure that allows it to penetrate cells more readily, making it more transmissible
 
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hm but since i rarely see news regarding the new strains i assumed they disappeared pretty quickly, but if this one is prevalent in a country already it's a whole new story. Hm, what are the differences? why has it spread more than the more common strains? any idea?
Viruses undergo mutations in order to be able to survive in the long term. As soon as they become less dominant in a population, they mutate so they they can continue to thrive and survive in the population. An example is the flu virus. Every year the vaccine needs to be updated because although the flu vaccine works on the new strain of the virus, the virus quickly goes through mutations so that it can bypass and not be detected by the antibodies in the vaccine. I'm not sure what caused this new strain of COVID to rise since we don't have a vaccine and therefore antibodies for it yet, but I'm just assuming that there were other factors in the population/environment that made it mutate. As for why it spreads more than the first COVID-19 strain, I'd say that's just due to the mutation. I guess the changes in its DNA compared to the DNA in the original strain makes it more transmissible.
 
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