Skip to comments.Sweden, Which Refused COVID Lockdown, Says Some Restrictions Will Remain For 'At Least Another Year'
Posted on 10/06/2020 11:41:04 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Coronavirus restrictions in Sweden, which never issued a nationwide lockdown but implemented safety measures to mitigate the spread of infection, are expected to be in place for at least another year.
The director general of Sweden's public health agency, Johan Carlson, noted: "We can expect that measures against the spread of corona will remain for some time, we're talking about at least another year," in an interview Sunday with Sweden's Sveriges Television (SVT).
"The measures that are being taken in Europe are not sustainable, we're trying to find a level that is steady and that keeps the spread down. We can't get rid of it, but we can keep it down at a reasonable level," Carlson said.
Weekly new cases in Sweden have increased from the week commencing August 31 to the week commencing September 21, after declining since late June and flattening out from July through August, according to the latest report Tuesday from the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Scandinavian nation is currently "reporting community transmission" of the virus, reporting a 27 percent increase in its "14-day incidence value," according to WHO's latest report Tuesday.
The 14-day incidence value represents the "number of new cases reported per 100,000 population over the past 14 days. Percentages indicate change in 14-day cumulative incidence as compared to 14 days ago," the WHO noted.
Some of the recent clusters of new cases have been linked to sports clubs and university parties. Health officials also believe the recent rise in new infections may be due to people returning to work after the summer break, despite the government's continued recommendation for residents to work from home, The Local reported.
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What safety measures? Masks and Anti-Social distancing?
Old folks and sick folks have to self-quarantine, IIRC.
Everybody else can get along with their business.
What we should be doing here in the US>
Only 8 ABBA concerts per person in 2021.
The virus is not just packing up and leaving. Which is one big reason why building up community resistance/immunity is so vital. This can be done while protecting those most vulnerable to the virus.
They don’t have a mask mandate, but masks are common out in public in Sweden. Their measures included banning bar service at bars, requiring groups to remain 3.3 feet apart in bars/restaurants/clubs, operations at reduced capacities, etc. They also said they would close down any places ignoring the requirements.
Mostly, they’ve relied on a series of voluntary recommendations for individuals focused around social distancing. Swedes tend to have a very collectivist point of view and are usually willing to do whatever is asked when it’s for the common good. So those voluntary measures are largely followed.
What if they live together with someone younger? What about nursing homes? Should the staff be isolated as well?
Flatten the curve was the big lie.
This can be done while protecting those most vulnerable to the virus.
Swedes tend to have a very collectivist point of view and are usually willing to do whatever is asked when its for the common good.
Same as people in Los Angeles. I swear its like Nazi Germany up in here with the Karens turning on their fellows re masks or distancing.
That’s up to the younger person or the staff.
I notice that other than cumulative deaths, the article doesn’t give any absolute numbers. It only talks about percentage increases. That’s probably because Sweden’s numbers have been scraping along the bottom of the charts for a while now. Their daily cases have been on the order of a couple hundred and their deaths are under 10 per day and sometimes zero. A 25% increase in these kinds of numbers means less than it sounds like.
I agree. We should be doing this here too. I guess they are in some parts of the country. Where I live in rural(ish) AZ we haven’t been following the guidelines of Anti-social distancing and masks very much. Some do. It might be 50/50 for those do and don’t. We have very few cases (which mean practically nothing) and very few deaths or hospitalizations which we all know can be skewed. Most who die are of the age when people die anyway.
One thing that would not work would be a one size fits all mandate or rule. An example of this is cruelly isolating elderly people in care homes from their family members no matter what. Even for vulnerable populations there will be some trade-offs and allowances for risks those people themselves find acceptable. Rules that deny the need for human contact (even if minimal) may keep the virus at bay but they make the elderly in care homes vulnerable to further decline. A balance can be found.
An older family member might want to simply go about their lives as always and that is their choice and right. Others may decide to minimize outside contact for a certain amount of time and even isolate from family members. Family members might agree to wearing a mask in their presence or avoiding close physical contact. That should be left up to them and not decided by the government.
Laws and rules that dehumanize us are wrong. No matter the “science” behind them. We are more than stats.
had a run in with a karen at Safeway in Los Gatos.
Normally I’d let her have but, figured the whole coven of witches would assail me with their broom sticks...
I left and went to Luynardi’s...
Exactly. What we should have done all along.
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