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r3020
Senior Advisor

Sweden was right

Freedom always works.

 

Alone among the advanced countries of the world, Sweden followed the sensible policy for dealing with a highly transmissible virus with a 99%+ survival rate, dangerous mostly to easily identifiable groups – the elderly and those with co-morbidities. It allowed the population at minimal risk to carry on life as usual, and restricted movements and otherwise protected only those at elevated risk. As the rest of the advanced world locked down, life for almost all Swedes went on as normal.

The result: herd immunity spread. Sweden’s economy avoided the catastrophic harm inflicted elsewhere.

And now we see that Sweden’s approach (which, incidentally, is how all previous pandemics have been handled) has been vindicated. John Miltimore writes for the Foundation for Economic Education:

 In contrast to its European neighbors, Sweden is welcoming tourists. Businesses and schools are open with almost no restrictions. And as far as masks are concerned, not only is there no mandate in place, Swedish health officials are not even recommending them.

What are the results of Sweden’s much-derided laissez-faire policy? Data show the 7-day rolling average for COVID deaths yesterday was zero (see below). As in nada. And it’s been at zero for about a week now.

Sweden’s overall mortality rate in 2020 was lower than most of Europe and its economy suffered far less. Meanwhile, today Sweden is freer and healthier than virtually any other country in Europe.

 

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/07/swedens_nolockdown_covid_strategy_vindicated.html

13 Replies
sdholloway56
Senior Advisor

Re: Sweden was right

American Stinker gets some things wrong.

I was going to ask if anyone had an example of somewhere except 0 Covid strategy countries that didn’t suffer sharp economic loss.

But carry on, your fantasy world beckons.

sdholloway56
Senior Advisor

Re: Sweden was right

All of the other Nordics had much less disease and death and similar economic costs.

bruce MN
Advisor

Re: Sweden was right

Good to see a Scandinavian reference on this, the 10th Anniversary of the Brevik Massacre.

 

r3020
Senior Advisor

Re: Sweden was right


@bruce MN wrote:

Good to see a Scandinavian reference on this, the 10th Anniversary of the Brevik Massacre.

 


Does that have something to do with covid?

rickgthf
Senior Advisor

Re: Sweden .....

I guess you can say Sweden made the right choice if you ignore the statistics.

Sweden, 1438 deaths per million, Norway, 146 deaths per million, Finland, 176 deaths per million, Demark, 437 deaths per million, the US, 1880 deaths per million.

 2020 % growth GDP, Denmark -3%, Finland, -2.9%, Norway, -1.3%, Sweden, -3.5%. Ten times as many people per capita died with a 3-fold decline in GDP compared with Norway.

sdholloway56
Senior Advisor

Re: Sweden .....

Just Knowin' "trumps" steenkin' facts.

sam1wiseone
Senior Contributor

Re: Sweden was right


@r3020 wrote:

Freedom always works.

 

Alone among the advanced countries of the world, Sweden followed the sensible policy for dealing with a highly transmissible virus with a 99%+ survival rate, dangerous mostly to easily identifiable groups – the elderly and those with co-morbidities. It allowed the population at minimal risk to carry on life as usual, and restricted movements and otherwise protected only those at elevated risk. As the rest of the advanced world locked down, life for almost all Swedes went on as normal.

The result: herd immunity spread. Sweden’s economy avoided the catastrophic harm inflicted elsewhere.

And now we see that Sweden’s approach (which, incidentally, is how all previous pandemics have been handled) has been vindicated. John Miltimore writes for the Foundation for Economic Education:

 In contrast to its European neighbors, Sweden is welcoming tourists. Businesses and schools are open with almost no restrictions. And as far as masks are concerned, not only is there no mandate in place, Swedish health officials are not even recommending them.

What are the results of Sweden’s much-derided laissez-faire policy? Data show the 7-day rolling average for COVID deaths yesterday was zero (see below). As in nada. And it’s been at zero for about a week now.

Sweden’s overall mortality rate in 2020 was lower than most of Europe and its economy suffered far less. Meanwhile, today Sweden is freer and healthier than virtually any other country in Europe.

 

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/07/swedens_nolockdown_covid_strategy_vindicated.html


I think many of us were wrong, and I think Sweden's strategy was right but not for the reason they thought.  We all thought the goal was to get to herd immunity.  That's what would end the pandemic. 

We now know that there is no herd immunity to this type of pathogen.    80% or so of the population already had some level of immunity when the whole thing started.   But like the common cold you may not get this year's variety, but they mutate constantly and you may get next year's.   Covid-1984 is the same.  It has already mutated into a less deadly virus and almost certainly will continue to do so.   As more people are vax'ed more selection pressure is applied to evade the protection provided by the vax.  The AZ is already worthless, Israel has reduced Pfizer to 64% efficacy.  It will soon be worthless.    Good news is the virus will be ever less of a problem.

So sweden did the right thing by just moving on, that's what we all need to do.

rickgthf
Senior Advisor

Re: Sam, evade protection?

The natural immunity to wild-type coronavirus won't give you any more protection than current vaccinations maybe even less.  Any argument you can make against current vaccines is equally valid for natural immunity.  That's the reason we update flu vaccines every year.

  The value of both natural immunity and vaccination is that infection with a new variant is less likely to cause as severe disease or death.  Their equally good in the face of a new variant but not perfect. Even some people vaccinated with the latest flu shot will still die, just many few of them.

  Your premise that vaccination is worthless belies the facts and reality.

rickgthf
Senior Advisor

Re: Sam, 30, ....

Sorry, I'm not usually this blunt but ...

The same thing can be said for you two as for Rand Paul, "you two don't know what the F*** you're talking about."