This from Jeff Childers:
An alert reader asked me about Sweden in the comments yesterday — how is that scenic Nordic country handling the Delta variant? The summer wave? Great questions. As you know, Sweden was the only country to NOT lock down or mask up in the pandemic. Also, its vaccine acceptance rate is puny (about 38%). Something about the altitude, maybe?
You’d think being a living control group would make Sweden an object of great public interest. But, it’s hard to find any Sweden news, for some reason. I found you some. According to a report by FEE on July 22, data showed the 7-day rolling average for Covid deaths in Sweden was ZERO. As in, none, zip, bupkas. Everything is open there, the country is welcoming tourists and has no travel restrictions, unlike most of the rest of Europe. A good time to visit if you’re looking for a place to go!
This from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education)
Daily COVID Deaths in Sweden Hit Zero, as Other Nations Brace for More Lockdowns
Sweden isn’t in the news much these days. There’s a reason for that.
More than 100,000 people flooded streets in France over the weekend and multiple COVID vaccination centers were vandalized as opposition grew to the government’s most recent pandemic strategy. In President Emmanuel Macron’s latest incarnation of lockdowns, government officials have decreed that unvaccinated individuals will no longer be allowed to enter cafes, restaurants, theaters, public transportation and more.
Needless to say, people were not happy.
France’s approach is unique, but it’s just one of many countries around the world imposing new restrictions as fears grow over a new variant of COVID-19. Australia’s recent restrictions have placed half the country under strict lockdown—even though a record 82,000 tests had identified just 111 new coronavirus cases—while restaurants in Portugal are struggling to survive amid newly imposed restrictions.
One country not making much news is Sweden.
Sweden, of course, was maligned in 2020 for foregoing a strict lockdown. The Guardian called its approach “a catastrophe” in the making, while CBS News said Sweden had become “an example of how not to handle COVID-19.”
Despite these criticisms, Sweden’s laissez-faire approach to the pandemic continues today. 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.
But a year later the evidence is overwhelming that Sweden got the pandemic mostly right. 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.
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