Survey About COVID-19 in Japan

Clinic Nearme has conducted a survey among its customers

Could you tell us about your symptoms?

It will soon be almost two years since the onset of COVID-19. At that time hardly anyone expected that the pandemic would last so long, nor that it would change our way of life. By now, we have become used to hearing the words “PCR test”, “Negative Certificate” and “COVID-19” frequently. It’s being asked for travel, events, start working in a new place, if you have been in contact with a positive person, etc. With the advent of vaccines, it seems that we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and with the advancement of vaccination in their population, some countries are slowly returning to normality. However, there is still a long way to go, since some countries aren’t having access to vaccines yet.

Japan has been one of the most hermetically sealed countries. Now, with the advancement of vaccination and the completion of the Olympic Games, it is slowly beginning to return to normalcy. But what has the situation been like with COVID-19 in Japan? Our PCR test online booking service, Clinic Nearme, has conducted a survey among its customers, and we would like to share the results with you.

Our Survey regarding COVID-19

Our latest survey questions about COVID-19 among Clinic Nearme Customers are as below;

1. Are you a long-term resident in Japan?
2. How many times did you do a PCR Test since the pandemic started?
3. What was the main reason for doing a PCR test?
4. Did you get infected by COVID-19?
5. Could you tell us about your symptoms?
6. Are you fully recovered today?
7. Which symptoms do you still have?
8. Is there any information regarding the COVID-19 in Japan that you feel is lacking for foreigners?

We had hundreds of responses to those questions.
Let’s see their answers here.

1. Are you a long-term resident in Japan?

Of all the people who participated in the survey, 75% are long-term residents in Japan.

Are you a long-term resident in Japan?

2. How many times did you do a PCR Test since the pandemic started?

The results show that 20.5% of the respondents have performed a PCR test at least once since the pandemic started, and surprisingly 33.1% have performed it six times or more (14.5% did it twice, 13.9% three times, 13.3% four times, and only 4.8% five times).

How many times did you do a PCR Test since the pandemic started?

3. What was the main reason for doing a PCR Test?

The main reason respondents performed a PCR test was for travel purposes (50% for visiting their family, 21.4% for business reasons and 16.1% for tourism). Only 12.5% did the PCR to check if they were infected.

What was the main reason for doing a PCR Test?

4. Did you get infected by COVID-19?

Fortunately, only less than 8% (7-9%) of them were infected with covid-19 and 92% weren’t infected.

Did you get infected by COVID-19?

5. Could you tell us about your symptoms?

Among those who were infected, these were the most frequent symptoms: Loss of smell and taste.

Could you tell us about your symptoms?

【Answers from customers】

●Coughing and weakness due to bitterness
●Anosmia, headache, less energy, short-breath
●Small cold symptoms Then loss of smell for ~4days
●Loss of smell and taste
●Fatigue, muscle pain, headache, tachycardia
●only tired, no fever

6. Are you fully recovered today?

Luckily, almost all of them are fully recovered today.

7. Which symptoms do you still have?

It also seems that most of those infected have no side effects or symptoms, or mild or occasional symptoms.

Which symptoms do you still have?

【Answers from customers】

●A slight change in smell and taste at times
●Hair fall, occasional headaches

8. Is there any information regarding the COVID-19 in Japan that you feel is lacking for foreigners?

When foreigners living in Japan are asked what kind of information they think is lacking in Japan, these are the answers:

Is there any information regarding the COVID-19 in Japan that you feel is lacking for foreigners?

【Answers from customers】

●Always hard to keep up with which places require hotel quarantine.

●What to do when you are infected with COVID-19, as in who should you call, what is the procedure, etc.
●(1) As traveller visiting my family abroad, it was extremely difficult to understand the condition and procedures when returning to Japan (information not translated, not transparent).
(2) As traveller returning to Japan with a 2 years old child, there was a lack of support from hotel staff and no food for baby. Also it is difficult for small age baby to stay in small hotel room for many days.
(3) I got vaccinated twice in country of origin (France) with pfizer but Japan does not recognize vaccine done abroad. Almost 6 months later, there is still no clear plan to recognize vaccine made abroad. In order to get sanitary pass, I may have to be vaccinated again in Japan
●Travel restrictions for coming back in to the country don’t seem well defined
●Limited institutions who shared the information publicly in English.
●Re entry information was way too unclear when I was still living in Japan. I do not know the situation as of today since I moved back to my country.
●I feel there isn’t enough consistent information about vaccination certificates.
●Local clinics where PCR tests can be done. I was able to find this clinic because my friends in Tokyo knew about it, and the information was in English. But in my local area, non Japanese support doesn’t exist.
●Digital QR vaccination passport.

Seeing those answers, as you may know, foreigners living in Japan are having trouble with medical services and information gathering. We are trying to support your life in Japan and travel to your home country in such a situation. Clinic Nearme is getting ready for the certificate of vaccination so far.

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