If You Can’t Beat It, Coexist

Japan’s approach to COVID-19: learning to coexist with it—without strict lockdowns or widespread testing.

As infections ebb, the method appears to be working thanks to peer pressure to wear masks, and early acceptance of the asymptomatic spread, super-spreader events, and aerosol transmission.  
 
Key to the strategy: Instead of lockdowns, Japan promoted the avoiding the “3 Cs”: closed locations with poor ventilation, crowded places, and close-contact settings.
 
But critics say Japan’s “middle way” is a slower route back to relative normalcy compared to peers like China and South Korea—and it still scores low on public opinion surveys.
 
The Washington Post

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