A mixed bag of news and features focusing on the pandemic’s effects on our health and mental wellbeing:
- Matsuki Kamoshita, 18, assumed Fukushima’s residents would be the first to feel empathy toward those shunned due to fear of the coronavirus, considering many locals had suffered discrimination themselves after the 2011 nuclear accident. But as the Kahoku Shimpo reports, he was wrong.
- Prolonged social isolation is having a debilitating effect on the mental and physical health of Japan’s seniors — especially those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, reports Alex K.T. Martin in a long read.
- The Japan Cancer Society is urging people to get checked for cancer ASAP after screenings fell around 30% in 2020. The number of HIV tests fell even further, by 51.5%, posing the risk of delays to treatment and the possible spread of infections.
- Fujifilm Holdings has started a new late-stage trial in Japan of its Avigan drug for COVID-19. But concerns remain, as the drug has been shown to cause birth defects in animal studies.
- With medical workers under more strain than ever, Haruka Murayama somehow managed to corner nurse Kaede Yasuno and pepper her with 20 Questions, including: What’s the most important thing we can do to prevent COVID-19 and stay healthy?