COVID-19 / coronavirus discussion in Okinawa and around the world.


Okinawa.Org Staff
It appears as if the closure of netted off public beaches may be doing more harm than good.

Nine people were bitten by the habu jellyfish ("hub jellyfish" due to poor computer translations / habu-kurage) and two by the man of war jellyfish and sent to emergency rooms by ambulance from August 1 to August 19 alone; as a comparison, 37 were treated for habu stings in the entirety of 2019. This is because people are choosing to swim in areas that aren't netted, and far away from other people, as the public beaches with nets are roped off to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
(Source: ハブクラゲなどに刺され11人搬送 コロナでビーチ閉鎖が影響か うるまの海中道路)

These actions, though reckless to nobody but themselves in most instances, are taking up resources for those that may need it for coronavirus treatment. However, there's also no other choice for water lovers that are doing nobody else harm, nor themselves, by going out on their own and social distancing to stop COVID-19.

People can social distance, wear masks, and be under the sun, where coronavirus is supposedly killed in minutes on dried suraces, such as sand, and mere seconds if airborne—it's just the surfaces people touch such as in the shared public facilities like toilets or shower rooms we would have to worry about.

How do we handle this besides asking people to refrain from swimming as that apparently isn't working? Should public beaches open up and limit entry?
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saltwater addict
Founding Member
well, when you bend the rules ya gotta be 2% smarter and realize is may not be safe at a non-public beach. Wear long sleeves and long pants it's safer and actually better for the water/coral because you don't need sunscreen :) **to answer your original question, yes closed beaches are doing more harm than good


Okinawa.Org Staff
Great information on rash guard clothing. I know they make eco-friendly sunscreen which made me question why; as in it's produced in a greener factory or what? However, you might have answered that question as some sunscreens may be doing even more damage to the already damaged corals here.

I'm unsure on the overall deaths of the habu jellyfish specifically in Okinawa, but I do know there are many annually elsewhere as it is quite toxic. Nonetheless, it seems to me closing beaches could do more harm than good, at least until danger season is over. Though, we could see an uptick in drowning deaths at that time too.

When it comes to public beaches, there has to somehow be a happy medium to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as well as let people enjoy themselves during these trying times that has taken an economic toll on so many.

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