The screen shot is from Worldometers, Active Cases in Japan, with near universal masking. Look at the recent line. Could it go up any faster. A reader complimented me on my recent columns but said she didn’t like the opposition to masking and used Japan as an example of how people should just all do it out of consideration for others. My reply was probably a little too heated, as I do have strong feelings about especially the forced and abusive masking of children. But how can anybody look at charts like this and think that masks make any difference in slowing community spread. Seriously, how could you? But oh yeah, the science is crystal clear.
And while you are at, can someone explain wave theory to me, something very complex is going on, look at the pattern of these waves in Japan. Kind of bizarre monthly pattern. Very classic epidemic curves, but odd spacing. I am thinking we are missing something important that governs the start and end of rapid spread. Almost some purely mathematical factor.