Health Care

Top epidemiologist admits he got Sweden's COVID-19 strategy wrong

Top epidemiologist admits he got Sweden's COVID-19 strategy wrong”

Anders Tegnell, the chief epidemiologist at the Public Health Agency, said that in hindsight Sweden should have done more.

Speaking to Sveriges Radio today (3 June), Mr Tegnell said: "Should we encounter the same disease, with exactly what we know about it today, I think we would land in doing midway between what Sweden did and what the rest of the world did".

"I'm not walking around thinking that we have a real disaster here in Sweden", Jan Arpi, a 58-year-old sales executive said.

Earlier this week, Sweden's death rate per capita emerged as the highest in the world, according to The Guardian.

What's more, there's so far limited evidence that Sweden's decision to leave much of its society open will support the economy.

Sweden closed care homes to visitors in late March, but around half its coronavirus-related deaths have been among elderly people living in care facilities.

Tegnell said it was hard to know which measures taken elsewhere might have been the most effective in Sweden.

More news: Trump administration to ban Chinese passenger airlines from US

The pandemic has killed more than 380,600 people worldwide, with total infections reaching almost 6.4 million, while more than 2.74 million have recovered from the disease, according to figures compiled by the US-based Johns Hopkins University.

As other countries had imposed immediate lockdowns, it was unknown which measures had the best effect in halting the spread, he explained.

Anders Tegnell said he would change his approach to lockdown if a future, similar pandemic hit Sweden.

However, despite the admission that things could have been done differently, the scientist said it is hard to know which specific measures within the policy of lockdown have been responsible for fewer deaths.

Sweden's infection rate of 43.24 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants is lower than Spain's (58.06), and Italy's (55.39), but is higher than the reported rates in the United States (32.14) and Brazil (14.29), according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Lawmakers across the political spectrum have also joined the chorus of disapproval and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced on Monday that the country will launch an inquiry into its handling of the pandemic before the end of the summer. Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson recently warned that Sweden is facing its worst economic crisis since World War II, with GDP set to slump 7% in 2020, roughly as much as the rest of the EU.

Last week, neighbouring Norway and Denmark said they were dropping mutual border controls but would keep Sweden out of a Nordic "travel bubble".

Like this



04 June 2020
Snapchat to stop promoting Trump after controversial posts
Mr Trump and his supporters have repeatedly accused Silicon Valley companies of bias against him. The company cited Trump's comments regarding "racial violence and injustice" for the decision.

04 June 2020
Ex-Defense Official Accuses Esper of Violating Oath
White House officials indicated even before Esper's comments that Trump was backing away from invoking the Insurrection Act. But Trump's words, and the picture of Milley in his camouflage battle dress at the White House, left many nervous.

04 June 2020
Ontario Premier Doug Ford expected to make another COVID-19 announcement
As of Tuesday evening, there have been 28,709 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario , with 22,484 cases now resolved. These facilities have been allowed to continue operating takeout and delivery.

03 June 2020
Lancet study expresses concern about article against use of Hydroxychloroquine
The trial included 821 asymptomatic adults with household or health-care exposure to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19. The president said he himself took the drugs after two people who worked at the White House tested positive for coronavirus .

03 June 2020
Trump searching for new place to hold Republican convention
Cooper, once again, advised the party to plan a smaller event with fewer people, social distancing and face coverings . After President Trump said the RNC would pick a new state on Tuesday night, Cooper said the news was "unfortunate".

03 June 2020
Officer Charged in George Floyd’s Death Transferred to Maximum Security Prison
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is expected to hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon to announce further details. The officer, Derek Chauvin , was sacked May 26 and initially charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

03 June 2020
Google brings its Advanced Protection Program to Nest devices
Some advanced Protection features are already built into Gmail, Drive, G Suite , Chrome, Google Cloud, and Android. They also need a smartphone running Android 7 or higher or an iPhone running iOS 10.0 or higher.

03 June 2020
Hey, Where's Aunt Becky? Fuller House Has an Answer
The final episodes will be filled with emotion, loads of love, the famous Tanner hugs and above all a celebration of family. She was also fired from Hallmark Channel 's When Calls the Heart , along with all of the network's future movie projects.

03 June 2020
Dr. Alex George 'disappointed' by coronavirus antibodies test result
Olivia Kasirye says they're prioritizing people who feel sick, but that's not a requirement for getting screened. Positive predictive value should be optimized in deciding to use any specific antibody test .

03 June 2020
Gary Bettman announces National Hockey League restart plan; no dates, hub cities finalized
The teams with the top four records in each conference would play a round robin for seeding, while the Nos. At that point, players will be allowed to train on and off the ice in small groups.