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Anxiety prevails as millions at health risk due to downgrading Covid to flu in Japan

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eMediNexus    22 January 2023

The media stated on Saturday that reducing the deadly Covid-19′s legal classification to seasonal flu will lead to additional infections, placing millions of people at risk for long-term Covid and increasing the chance of death for Japanese citizens.

 

Concerns over the downgrade of Covid as flu this spring were expressed by educators, health professionals, and other residents, according to Japan Today. Teachers believe that if quarantine is no longer required for diseased people, they are worried about their students and the youngsters around the infected.

 

Covid-19 has been demoted in the nation from "equal to Class 2" to a Class 5 disease, which is on par with seasonal influenza. To stop the spread of Covid-19, the government is currently re-evaluating the regulations on using face masks.

 

A teacher at a public elementary school said that the government′s decision to evaluate the category of COVID-19 is being questioned, because the number of coronavirus infections is still high, and there are still students suffering from fever.

 

Health professionals also questioned the government′s decision to reduce Covid-19s status. According to Yoshikazu Nakamura, a professor of public health at Jichi Medical University, it would be too early to conclude that the coronavirus pandemic is nearing its end based solely on current data. There are probably incidents of underreporting and persons who chose not to seek medical attention.

 

To help Japan "live with Corona" and get back to normal, a number of policies and actions will be re-evaluated. On Friday, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that the nation would consider modifying the pandemic restrictions and degrading Covid-19 to the same category as seasonal flu as early as this spring. The choice was made as Covid instances in Japan decreased during the past few weeks.

 

(Source: https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/industry/downgrading-covid-to-flu-will-cause-more-infections-fear-japanese-people/97195786)

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