[2/18/2020]Japanese Talks About Coronavirus Circumstances in Japan


As you know, a new virus called “coronavirus” is widely spread all over the world.

This virus is origin from Wuhan in China, which is a closed country to Japan.

I want to talk about the circumstances in Japan because I am Japanese and living in Japan.


What is Coronavirus?

There are many types of Coronaviruses

Briefly, I want to review what the coronavirus is.

WHO explained the coronaviruses as bellow.

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Recently, many news media reports about the single type of coronavirus.

But there are many other types of coronaviruses.

The one recently being paid attention is a novel coronavirus (nCOV).

The disease is called COVID-2019

If you get infected by nCOV and have an infection, the condition is called “COVID-2019” as WHO coined.

It is an abbreviation of “COrona VIrus Disease in the year of 2019”.

It was on 31 December 2019 that the COVID-2019 was reported for the first time.

Coronavirus in Japanese News Media

In Japan, coronavirus is paid attension.

Many news in Japan reports the latest circumstances in Japan or all over the world every day.

NHK post 138 articles about the coronavirus

For example, Japanese national news media, NHK, post 138 articles with the tag “#Coronavirus” on its website.

A large number of articles could be one of the evidence that many Japanese are interested in coronavirus.

59 patients are reported in Japan (2/17/2020, 12:00)

How many people in Japan are patients of COVID-2019?

According to the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare), 59 patients are reported in Japan.

This data was reported on 2/17/2020, 12:00.

The number of the patient is rising as time passes.

How Japanese citizens react with coronavirus?

Facial masks are paid attention

As one of the Japanese citizens living in Japan, I want to talk about how citizens react with coronavirus.

Almost all of the Japanese around me know about the outbreak of coronavirus.

Some of them wear facial masks so that you are protected from the infection.

(note: some people insist that facial mask has no benefit when it comes to coronavirus)

Extremely expensive facial masks

In Japan, especially in an urban area, some shops do not sell facial masks now.

Because so many people buy facial masks, the stocks are running out.

If you want to get facial masks in such a circumstance, you need to visit the online free-market webpage and buy at an extremely high price.

For example, when you visit one of the most popular Japanese free-market website “Merucari”, you would see the scene just like bellow:

Medical items such as facial masks and hand sanitizers are scalped.

Such scalpers are not welcomed in Japan because they prevent many people from buying necessary items.

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