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Japan supercomputer shows humidity affects aerosol spread of coronavirus

14 Oct 2020

TOKYO A Japanese supercomputer showed that humidity can have a large effect on the dispersion of virus particles, pointing to heightened coronavirus contagion risks in dry, indoor conditions during the winter months. | Video

Japan supercomputer shows humidity affects aerosol spread of coronavirus

14 Oct 2020

TOKYO, Oct 14 A Japanese supercomputer showed that humidity can have a large effect on the dispersion of virus particles, pointing to heightened coronavirus contagion risks in dry, indoor conditions during the winter months.

Japan health workers snub COVID-19 database as PM Suga seeks to digitise government

30 Sep 2020

TOKYO Japanese health workers are snubbing the government's real-time COVID-19 database introduced in the middle of the pandemic to better deal with outbreaks, pointing to hurdles for the new prime minister's goal of digitising the government.

Japanese researchers trial early warning test for acute COVID-19 cases

25 Sep 2020

TOKYO Japanese researchers have developed a blood test they say appears to serve as an early warning system for serious cases of COVID-19, and deployed 500 prototype machines to trial its effectiveness nationwide.

Takeda-led COVID-19 plasma product to begin trial this month

17 Sep 2020

TOKYO An experimental COVID-19 therapy using blood plasma, developed by Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical Co and its partners, is scheduled to begin a late-stage clinical trial after initial delays.

Speak softly and scatter fewer coronavirus particles, say researchers

10 Sep 2020

TOKYO More quiet zones in high-risk indoor spaces, such as hospitals and restaurants, could help to cut coronavirus contagion risks, researchers have said, after a study showed that lowering speaking volume can reduce the spread of the disease.

Japan's Suga pledges focus on coronavirus but details remain sketchy

03 Sep 2020

TOKYO As Japan's ruling party seeks a new leader to replace outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, health experts worry that his successor may prioritize reviving the recession-hit economy over its pledge to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

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