COVID-19 in Okayama Prefecture: Looking back and looking forward

Published on Apr 30, 2021
· DOI :10.35772/GHM.2020.01104
Hirokazu Tsukahara40
Estimated H-index: 40
(Okayama University),
Tsukasa Higashionna1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Okayama University)
+ 2 AuthorsNobuchika Kusano15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Okayama University)
In Japan, clinical and experimental studies addressing COVID-19 have been increasing in number since early February 2020, with many case reports being published. Concurrently, many notifications and guidelines have been issued from the government and academic societies. Taking optimal measures at the prefectural level as well as the national level is necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Surveying and analyzing details of the incidences of infected persons in each prefecture is extremely important. This report describes the epidemiological characteristics of COVID-19 observed in Okayama Prefecture, followed by discussion of the direction of public health actions to be taken in the future. We reiterate the crucial importance of reinforcing and maintaining current public health measures, including rapid and detailed compilation of information related to infected persons and their surroundings, appropriate blocking of viral transmission, and early containment of infected persons, to minimize the spread of infection especially during the overlapping epidemic period of influenza in Okayama Prefecture.
#2Toshiaki Sendo (Okayama University)H-Index: 23
#3Nobuchika Kusano (Okayama University)H-Index: 15
Last. Hirokazu Tsukahara (Okayama University)H-Index: 40
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#1Kohei Tsukahara (Okayama University)H-Index: 10
#2Hiromichi Naito (Okayama University)H-Index: 11
Last. Atsunori Nakao (Okayama University)H-Index: 2
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#1Kazuki Shimizu (Lond: University of London)H-Index: 9
#2George Wharton (LSE: London School of Economics and Political Science)H-Index: 3
Last. Elias Mossialos (LSE: London School of Economics and Political Science)H-Index: 69
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#1Koichi Yuki (Boston Children's Hospital)H-Index: 26
#2Miho Fujiogi (Boston Children's Hospital)H-Index: 1
Last. Sophia Koutsogiannaki (Boston Children's Hospital)H-Index: 14
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In December 2019, a novel coronavirus, now named as SARS-CoV-2, caused a series of acute atypical respiratory diseases in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The disease caused by this virus was termed COVID-19. The virus is transmittable between humans and has caused pandemic worldwide. The number of death tolls continues to rise and a large number of countries have been forced to do social distancing and lockdown. Lack of targeted therapy continues to be a problem. Epidemiological studies showed tha...
#1Hajime InoueH-Index: 1
Despite substantial inflow of infected cases at the early stage of the pandemic, as of the end of April, Japan manages the outbreak of COVID-19 without systematic breakdown of health care. This Japanese paradox – limited fatality despite loose restriction – may have multiple contributing factors, including general hygiene practice of the population, customs such as not shaking hands or hugging, lower prevalence of obesity and other risk factors. Along with these societal and epidemiological cond...
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