There’s no mandatory mask-wearing in Sweden, social distancing is recommended rather than enforced, and people are generally advised to stay home if they’re feeling unwell. __ Bloomberg
Some European countries are experiencing a second surge of “cases,” but Sweden’s case count has been relatively flat all along.
“With numbers diminishing very quickly in Sweden, we see no point in wearing a face mask in Sweden, not even on public transport,” he said.
Tegnell has consistently argued that Sweden’s approach is more sustainable than the sudden lockdowns imposed elsewhere. With the risk that Covid-19 might be around for years, he says completely shutting down society isn’t a long-term option. __ Bloomberg
The Swedes stuck to their guns and refused to succumb to the panic that overwhelmed most media-saturated western countries.
The death count in Europe was greater than in the US. The flow of virus seems to have been from China to Europe to North America, judging by viral genotype. The Northeastern US took the brunt of the spread.
The US northeast had a horrific death count, due to state and city/county mismanagement. But that was in the spring. The short duration “surge” in the US sunbelt was nothing in comparison to the disaster on the Atlantic seaboard. Incompetent politicians and public health officials want to lockdown the entire country for the duration, or at least until after the November elections. I wonder why they want to do that?
The Popular Delusion of Lockdown Efficacy
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pandemic planning documents state non-pharmaceutical interventions such as social distancing are ineffective once a disease infects 1% of a region’s population. Literature on this subject is unanimous worldwide. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control:
“There are no historical observations or scientific studies that support the confinement by quarantine of groups of possibly infected people for extended periods in order to slow the spread. It is hard to imagine that measures like those within the category of social distancing would not have some positive impact by reducing transmission of a human respiratory infection . . . However, the evidence base supporting each individual measure is often weak.”
Decades of evidence corroborates this. In 1969, a group of men overwintering in Antarctica experienced a spontaneous respiratory virus outbreak during their 17th week of isolation. Similarly, COVID-19 appeared on an Argentinian naval ship on the 35th day of its voyage, following a 14-day isolation of captain and crew.
Nature always finds a way. No respiratory virus ever needed a “lockdown” to dissipate. What it needs is herd immunity, preferably sooner than later, preferably developed by the young and healthy to minimize mortality. __ Lockdowns Never Stop Epidemics
Lockdowns end up killing more people than the epidemic, due to the ugly economic consequences and human fallout of stupid political decisions.