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Wed Jun 3, 2020, 09:05 PM

Man Behind Sweden's Controversial Virus Strategy Admits Mistakes

Sweden’s top epidemiologist has admitted his strategy to fight Covid-19 resulted in too many deaths, after persuading his country to avoid a strict lockdown.

“If we were to encounter the same illness with the same knowledge that we have today, I think our response would land somewhere in between what Sweden did and what the rest of the world has done,” Anders Tegnell said in an interview with Swedish Radio.

Tegnell is the brains behind Sweden’s controversial approach to fighting the virus, and the government of Stefan Lofven has deferred to the epidemiologist in its official response to the pandemic. Gatherings of more than 50 people continue to be banned, but throughout the crisis Swedes have been able to visit restaurants, go shopping, attend gyms and send children under 16 to school.

The laxer approach to containing the virus has drawn both praise and condemnation from across the globe. What is beyond debate, however, is the effect the strategy has had on the country’s death toll.

At 43 deaths per 100,000, Sweden’s mortality rate is among the highest globally and far exceeds that of neighboring Denmark and Norway, which imposed much tougher lockdowns at the onset of the pandemic.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-03/man-behind-sweden-s-virus-strategy-says-he-got-some-things-wrong?utm_source=nl&utm_brand=wired&utm_mailing=WIR_Science_060320&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_medium=email&utm_term=WIR_Science&bxid=5be9f8cb24c17c6adf0e5d24&cndid=25394153&esrc=bounceX&source=EDT_WIR_NEWSLETTER_0_SCIENCE_ZZ

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 09:09 PM

1. The lockdown is dead as a policy after this week.

Nobody is going to comply if there's a next time.

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Response to Ex Lurker (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 09:20 PM

2. I will.

I have no desire to needlessly expose myself (and thereby expose my vulnerable family members) to a deadly virus while it is raging.

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Response to Ex Lurker (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 10:18 PM

3. Why? We're all too stupid to protect ourselves and others? NT

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Response to Ex Lurker (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 10:30 PM

5. We were never "locked down."

Never.

That is pure fiction

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Response to SoonerPride (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 10:43 PM

8. Maybe you weren't, but I was and still am. Mama didn't raise no fool.

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Response to brush (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 10:47 PM

9. Personally choosing to be safe is not the same as Italy or Spain

They had true lockdowns. You had to print off a slip telling authorities where you were going.

Our country never was “locked down.”

Never.

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Response to SoonerPride (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 10:50 PM

11. We should have had a lockdown

A lot less people would have died

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Response to Ex Lurker (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 10:51 PM

12. I believe you are right. What I foresee is republicans

becoming evangelists for wearing facemasks in public and social distancing, as long as that allows them to keep things open - unfortunately I believe such a strategy will work if it is enforced strongly.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 10:30 PM

4. they made a mistake not protecting nursing homes

Sweden’s response is best long term. There is no vaccine for a long time, lockdowns are over and there is no return to that. The biggest mistake is to count only covid-19 deaths and illnesses and ignoring all other short and long term consequences related to lockdowns. 20% unemployment is the real public health crisis.
The media showed us that it’s done with covid, which was replaced by racism coverage instead.

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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 10:31 PM

6. Let me know when unemployment kills 100,000 in 60 days

Thanks

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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 10:52 PM

13. Their whole policy was a huge mistake

They decided to let older and vulnerable people die which is essentially what dump was trying to do and partially succeeded in.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 10:38 PM

7. Now he admits his mistake. How do fools get in position to make policy?

Everyone else in the world was in favor of lock downs but right winger idiots like trump and Bosonairo, but he thought he knew better.

Now how do you revive the dead, a-hole.

Wonder if their families can sue?

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Response to brush (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 10:53 PM

14. Families are suing in Italy.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 10:49 PM

10. The right policy likely would have been to mandate wearing

of facemasks when in public and keeping bars closed.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 10:55 PM

15. Their policy was a big failure, the statistics show that

It is surprising to see such an inhumane policy in a Scandinavian country

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