Novel coronavirus (74) Japanese Q & A translated into English

2 March, 2020

Dear all,

I would like to share a website which has an *unofficial* translation of the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's "Q & A for the general public". Your attention is drawn in particular to the page on Prevention. ( )

This pages includes:

1. Simple guidance on what to do when someone in the household is infected

2. Simple guidance for social welfare facilities with elderly residents

3. What to do to prevent (mass) outbreaks.

Interestingly, the pattern in Japan suggests that the main person-to-person transmission is happening in enclosed spaces where a lot of people are talking in close proximity to each other. That's why schools have been closed and many public events have been cancelled. However, an analysis of 110 domestic cases shows that more than 80% of infected people have not given the disease to others (see graph on this page).

Furthermore, it is important to note that a large number of people are recovering from the infection (though I don't have exact numbers).

Although each country's context is different, you may find the information on this site to be useful. It is not updated every day but every few days.

Lastly, the official Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare English pages can be viewed at , but please note it includes only some of the information on the Japanese pages.

Thank you,


HIFA profile: Jenny Yamamoto is a Doctoral student at Hiroshima University, Japan. She previously worked on transport issues at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok. Currently, she is interested in mobility and access to health services in rural areas in both developed (Japan) and developing countries (South Asia). As part of her research, she will also consider the ways in which communication technologies and mapping of health information can contribute to better health outcomes. yamamoto.jenny AT