COVIDIOTS: Sweden opted for economics and didn’t have a full-scale lockdown. What can we learn as the UK opened with Freedom Day, and as European rows back on protocol. Israel was to the forefront with vaccines. They traded extra information for research into vaccines and received their supply ahead of all others. Now there are “vaccine breakthroughs”. Ireland has become lax. We are a success in the provision and acceptance of vaccine uptake but we still are not adhering to the “Restrictions” necessary to go side by side with the vaccine. What can learn from Sweden – Dr Tegnell.

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Sweden didn’t have a full-scale lockdown and now its Covid death rate is 10 times great than Norway’s

Mark Frauenfelder 12:59 pm Sat Aug 21, 2021

Last year Republicans held up Sweden’s state epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, as a paragon of common sense. They aren’t crowing about Tegnell’s approach any longer now that people in his country are dying at a much greater rate than in neighboring countries that implemented lockdowns.

From Insider:

Sweden has recorded more COVID-19 cases per capita than most countries so far: Since the start of the pandemic, roughly 11 out of every 100 people in Sweden have been diagnosed with COVID-19, compared with 9.4 out of every 100 in the UK and 7.4 per 100 in Italy. Sweden has also recorded around 145 COVID-19 deaths for every 100,000 people — around three times more than Denmark, eight times more than Finland, and nearly 10 times more than Norway.

Had Sweden implemented tighter rules, experts told Insider, the country might have seen a COVID-19 death toll more similar to those Nordic neighbors

“They underestimated the mortality tremendously,” Claudia Hanson, an associate professor at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, told Insider. 

And unfortunately for people who think the economy is more important than human lives, Sweden’s economy suffered as much or worse than other nearby countries:

Sweden’s economy still shrank 8.6% from April to June of last yearits largest quarterly fall in at least 40 years. By comparison, Denmark’s economy shrank 7.4% during that time, Norway’s 5.1%, and Finland’s just 3.2%. (None of these economies shrank by more than 4% over the course of 2020, though.)

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