According to an expert, Sweden has defeated coronavirus by refusing to close the country down and achieving herd immunity.
The Scandinavian nation was the only country in Europe not to introduce stringent lockdown measures at the beginning of the pandemic, but scientists think that this may have helped it sidestep a second wave of COVID 19 as it continues to record its lowest number of cases since March, with only 28 infections per 100,000 people.
This figure is less than half of the UK’s own infection rate of 69 per 100,000 people.
Professor Kim Sneppen, an expert in the spread of coronavirus at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, said that Sweden might have defeated the pandemic. He told Denmark’s Politiken newspaper that there was some evidence that the Swedes have built up a degree of immunity to the virus which, along with what else they’re doing to prevent the spread, is enough to contain the disease, and he said that the virus may now have run out of steam.
Sweden was originally criticised at the beginning of the outbreak after recording a spike in its mortality rates which was five times that of Denmark and ten times that of Norway and Finland.
The number of deaths per 24 hours peaked in April at 115 with more than half in care homes, but its seven day average for coronavirus related deaths is now zero.
Sweden’s state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, who has become the face of the no lockdown strategy, said in a recent interview that voluntary hygiene measures had been just as effective as complete shutdowns.
Sweden kept schools open for children under 16, prohibited groups of more than 50 people and told over the 70s and vulnerable groups to self isolate.
Shops, bars and restaurants remained open throughout the pandemic and the wearing of masks had not been advised by the Government and he said that the rapidly declining cases they’ve seen in Sweden is another indication that you can get the number of cases down quite a lot in a country without having a complete lockdown.
Tegnell added that deaths are not so closely connected to the number of cases you have in a country, stating that the death rate was more closely linked to whether older people were being infected and how well the health system could manage. And he said that these things would influence mortality a lot more than the actual spread of the disease.
Well done to Sweden, but Sweden has only 10,099,265 people living in a huge country and they have a lot of one-person households and practice social distancing et cetera -they’re also not a moaning abundance of self-entitled whingers.
All these lockdowns will crumple the economy and more people will starve to death. So, at the moment it’s a balancing act.
Sweden did have social distancing from the start but the Swedes do what they like, unlike a big part of UK society, and the Swedes seem to have a completely separate mentality to the remainder of the world.
And it seems that Boris Johnson and his circus troupe learnt absolutely nothing from Sweden. Instead, Boris continues to panic and take facile, draconian measures, while they run the British economy into the ground, which has obliterated the morale and mental health of a nation.
In short, our Government have persisted in making all the wrong decisions and have brought themselves into disrepute and some people out there might think that they don’t actually care.
Sweden, of course, had the survival of the fittest mindset and had enough faith in their people to do what needed to be done, but England made it political and told everyone to pick a side and that’s where it really went wrong.