“Unemployed people are a great threat to public health. It’s a factor you need to think about.”
– Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s chief epidemiologist
5 Apr 20120 – As European countries moved into strict lockdown mode, Sweden has carried on almost normally.
Under the strategy developed by state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, Sweden currently stands alone in its efforts to tackle Covid-19, allowing the young to mix normally while requiring only the frail and sick to remain isolated.
Grade schools, preschools and offices remain open, as do bars, shops, parks restaurants (although only for table service to avoid gatherings at the bar), and public gatherings of up to 50 people are still permitted.
The elderly and vulnerable have been asked to protect themselves by staying at home but, as a whole, the Swedish population has been trusted to “behave like adults” in limiting the transmission of coronavirus, as prime minister Stefan Lovren said last month.
Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s chief epidemiologist, told Britain’s Daily Mail: “We can’t kill all our services. And unemployed people are a great threat to public health. It’s a factor you need to think about.”
Perhaps this is the fastest and safest way to handle Covid-19;
Coronavirus? Pandemic? For many in Sweden, life goes on as usual
Thanks to Stephen Bird for these links