Sweden strategy with Coronavirus seems expedient
Sweden was ardently vilified for being nearly ignorant of the Coronavirus outbreak, as the country’s official position was not to enact quarantine for citizens. The country’s Ministry of Health and Social Affairs took the position of not obligating any quarantine, wearing masks, and social distancing, as they were hoping to fight the virus through gaining a mass immunity over time. Back then, such behavior has triggered the vilification of Sweden by nearly all countries of the world.
Now, however, this strategy turns effective. Today in this-very-same-day Sweden, the number of infections is incredibly low. And the country’s economy is not suffering as much from the lockdown as economies of other countries. Local citizens believe they are social creatures, so their life should not be boiled down to the screen on their faces and gloves to avoid hundreds of tiny everyday interactions. Now, the epidemiologic situation in the country seems to have stabilized, whilst many previously registered deaths that Sweden was blamed for were actually comparable to the death toll in the US, which funnily seems to be the least effective country in terms of fighting epidemics (seems like whopping prices for healthcare procedures in the US have nothing to do with real efficiency, right?).
So now, when France is having 12,000 new infection cases every day and Spain has 10,000, Sweden only registers from 200 to 400. To compare, Britain has about 7% of positive tests, while Sweden has only 1.2%. And per capita numbers are far lower than in most world countries. So, should we all follow the Swedish model?