Those are two rather large reads. What in particular were you highlighting? I did notice that the first link recommends masks though. "In areas with community transmission of COVID-19, wearing a medical or non-medical face mask is recommended in confined public spaces (such as stores, supermarkets and public transport)." Here is an incredible resource for all things masks, it's run by MIT if I recall correctly. There's studies underway for mask innovation here in the Northeast through collaboration efforts between BioPharm companies and schools such as MIT. The goal is to improve masks for functions specifically geared towards preventing viral transmission. https://www.n95decon.org/ A few things here: 1) I was speaking about precautions taken during a pandemic. I can't image a flu epidemic is treated the same regarding rules and restrictions as a pandemic. 2) They only started tracking flu seasons in 1999 (at least per the article you linked). 3) 5 million is 4% of Japan's population. The US' worst flu season since 2010 was 45 million cases. That's 14% of the population. Whatever they're doing appears to work better than what we do. 4) I did say Asian countries overall. I could look at deaths from all causes during the pandemic and find a long list of countries that fared better than the US (although Japan did extremely well in this regard). Interesting, I have definitely heard Remdesivir may not be as effective as originally thought. Although the last line kind of mucks up the conclusion a bit... "Thus, there are now 3 RCTs of remdesivir in hospitalized patients with differing results, raising the question of whether the discrepancies are artifacts of study design choices, including patient populations, or whether the drug is less efficacious than hoped." There's variables here though which could impact results. Where did you get Covid? What do you and your coworkers do outside of work? What precautions outside of work were taken? Also, were the masks worn properly? Were they reused? Yes, the virus is small, but it is carried and transmitted in larger droplets which are in fact blocked by masks (to a certain degree of course depending on the type of mask). Here's a good article with a video explaining how masks work and how the virus transmits through respiratory droplets. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive...te=1&user_id=9e162b5e4d959e84ec9492a7fd359c66 This is an excellent point, and I was discussing with @unlikelyspiderperson in a separate thread how I think population density is the largest driving factor regarding transmission. I also don't think widespread lockdowns are necessarily effective, they need to be targeted for certain areas, and with restrictions that make sense. I'm also always open to being wrong, or have new studies and data that produce different theories.