Skip to comments.Sweden did much better preventing deaths during COVID pandemic: Their excess death rate since COVID began killing people is lower than every other country in the OECD.
Posted on 03/09/2023 8:33:36 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Sweden’s COVID policies worked like a charm, compared to everybody else. Their excess death rate since COVID began killing people is lower than every other country in the OECD.
The weird thing is we aren’t sure why that is.
The superiority of Sweden’s more laissez-faire policies was obvious from the beginning, but I assumed that time would show that mortality rates in Sweden would pretty much match those in other countries while avoiding all the negative consequences caused by draconian policies followed by most other countries.
Sweden’s excess mortality during the pandemic is vastly lower than almost every other country in the world, and it has little to do with the death rate from COVID itself.
I (and most other Danish MDs) thought Sweden was crazy in spring of 2020. I am no longer so sure.
For reasons I cannot explain, Sweden has much higher Covid mortality then Denmark and Norway but their overall mortality is relatively less.
It's worth noting that the latest numbers, that show Sweden with the lowest excess mortality rate in Europe, are pretty much in line with earlier studies from Eurostat, WHO, ONS etc.
— Infectious Diseases Scandinavia (@ID_Denmark) March 7, 2023
“Excess deaths” are simply the number of people who died in a period of time in excess of the number expected, given historical trends and demographics. Sweden suffered fewer excess deaths overall, despite having a slightly higher number of COVID-related deaths than her Scandinavian neighbors, to whom they are usually compared.
The Scandinavian countries as a whole did well during COVID compared to most other OECD countries, but none did as well as Sweden. This fact has been buried by the COVIDiots, who seem to think that deaths from COVID are the only important variable, and hence they simply ignore that vast numbers of people who shouldn’t have died from other causes are now buried in the ground.
At least they didn’t die from COVID, so that’s no big deal, I guess.
Sweden was excoriated for their policies, with all Right Thinking™ people certain they were engaged in mass murder. And for a brief period of time, their COVID death rates were higher than their neighbors, but mostly because their sane policies didn’t drag out the inevitable dying.
I have been following the excess death statistics for a year now, and the trends are both very troubling and, frankly, bizarre. There is lots of speculation in the medical and public health community regarding the reasons for a dramatic increase in excess deaths, amounting to millions of people dying who shouldn’t have, and understandably a growing sense of crisis.
Not that most people have been informed about the scary excess death rates. There is remarkably little discussion outside small circles, and “experts” try to blame the deaths on COVID or COVID-related health issues. Sweden’s experience proves that isn’t the case. People there got COVID just like the rest of us, but it’s population isn’t dropping like flies.
Those of us who have been much more skeptical of the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness might point to the vaccine itself as a major cause of the rise of excess deaths, and I suspect some fraction (probably small) is explained by adverse reactions to the vaccine. But Sweden is, if not quite as vaccinated a country as Norway, still very highly vaccinated. Over 80% of the population was vaccinated in 2022 and it ranks very high compared to other countries with far greater excess mortality.
In other words, vaccine reactions may be a contributing factor, but if so it isn’t a huge one or at least a decisive one. Anecdotes of vaccine-induced deaths may tell a real story–it would shocking to find out that injecting anything into billions of people caused no serious problems in any of them–but vaccines themselves are not the cause of the excess mortality spikes.
I have been combing the literature trying to figure out what IS the common variable among the countries where excess mortality is out of control and those few countries where it is not. Obviously, I am not doing the studies and admit that I couldn’t design a good one, although I am competent enough at statistics to recognize a bad one (usually). So I am awaiting a few really good studies by people who know what they are doing and have access to the data.
A few things are clear already, though:
Sweden’s status as an outlier is important for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it provides a natural control group. While most Western countries went insane, Sweden actually followed the pandemic protocols that had been in place for years. Protocols, by the way, very similar to the US-planned approach that was thrown out the window when COVID hit.
We may not know exactly what went wrong everywhere else, but Sweden tells us what to look for, and it ain’t going to be pretty for the lockdown strategy everybody else adopted.
There are probably multiple causes for what is a public health disaster, but one of them is almost certainly the total breakdown that bad policies caused in the medical system. It was not the influx of COVID patients that caused this breakdown–the medical system is still totally dysfunctional long after the short, temporary crisis passed. Last time I spoke with an emergency room doctor she told me that she hadn’t treated a COVID patient in months, but emergency rooms are packed.
Whatever the reasons–and I am determined to keep digging–it is clear that most Western governments screwed up big time. Sweden didn’t, despite all the crap directed at them.
We need to know what worked and what didn’t. Unfortunately, most countries still refuse to admit that Sweden’s approach worked and theirs didn’t.
In the meantime, many more people will die due to those bad policies.
Maybe the vaccines aren’t killing people after all.
I’d like to know what Sweden’s excess death rates were compared to other OECD countries BEFORE and AFTER the availablity of the vaccines.
Not news to many of us. Sweden took the natural immunity route.
Sweden was always ahead of the case-fatality curve — in a good way.
When I die, my death will be a direct result of COVID. The month prior to COVID, my chest xray showed healthy, clear lungs.
The month after COVID, chest xrays showed destroyed lungs.
Stage 2 COPD in just 2.9 years. Ah, yes, and now I also have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. I average one episode per month. From healthy and whole to disabled and unable to drive in less than 3 years.
Thanks, Fauci, you *#$%^&* monster.
Ping to respond later
I pinged as I was discussing Sweden’s approach vs Norway/Denmark all throughout 2020 and 2021.
Sweden has had 1,771 deaths per million people
Denmark has had 1,422
Norway has had 946
Sweden compares well to Norway+Denmark (minus Greenland) as both have the same population (~10 million), area, population density and a similar culture.
In fact if you compare
Sweden Norway+Denmark (excl Greenland)
Deaths/million 1771 1184
i.e. Sweden has had 33% more deaths compared to N+D
the hits to the economy are about similar
Sorry, pressed enter too soon.
Looking at this article was very insightful and I come to the same conclusion that the Danish doctor — that I was wrong. The pure Covid numbers showed that sweden did worse, but the overall excess deaths showed that it did better.
This must be put as a lessons learnt for the future
“I (and most other Danish MDs) thought Sweden was crazy in spring of 2020. I am no longer so sure.“
There is something very wrong with the world when medical professionals believe the above and millions of non professional working schulbs believed the opposite. I mean raise your hand if you thought the Swedes were the only ones who didn’t have their head up their ass.
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